Resources for When You’re Struggling with Fear, Anxiety, & Doubt
Well, it has certainly been a tough few weeks for the world. At the time of writing this, we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and to say it’s been scary AF is an understatement, as far as I’m concerned.
People have died due to contracting the virus. Others have fell gravely ill. Millions of people have lost their jobs and/or businesses. The stock market has tumbled into concerning territory. People are hoarding supplies and store shelves grow more bare by the moment.
Again with the scary AF.
Even as a lightworker and someone who is super spiritual and tends to err on the side of optimism and faith, I’ve been struggling too. We’re in unprecedented territory, and our very way of being for so long has been turned on its head.
It’s hard not to spiral into fear and uncertainty.
Luckily, there ARE things that we can do to ground ourselves, work through our fear, and tap into inner wisdom and the love and light of the universe so that we can hopefully feel a little less terrorized and panicked.
Which is why I wanted to share some resources with you that I’ve found so helpful at this time. These practices have really helped me work through my anxiety and overwhelm so that I’m not in a constant state of terror and helplessness. Check these out:
Facing Fear with Compassion w/Elizabeth Gilbert: I have loved Elizabeth Gilbert since the Eat, Pray, Love days. Her writing is beautiful, relatable, and inspirational. I’ve also seen her speak live, and she really is a weaver of words, not just in writing, but in speaking too. Needless to say, I was super excited when I saw her post on Instagram about this talk she did for Insight Timer. In it, Elizabeth not only shares lots of love and inspiration, but one of her own personal practices to help work through fear. You can check this out on the Insight Timer app for free!
Guided Meditation to Reduce Panic, Anxiety, & Worry by The Honest Guys: I’ve been meditating for over a decade, and although I tend to bounce around from my own meditation practices, to guided meditations, to in person meditations, I always come back to The Honest Guys for guided tracks. Their YouTube channel is one of the best I’ve seen for free meditations. They are all high quality, and there are soooo many different types to choose from. But for today, and the current state of the world, and trying to work through panic and fear, this one is a good one to turn to!
Practicing Gratitude: I know it may sound cheesy, or maybe even impossible given what is going on right now, but I promise, tapping into gratitude really can shift your state. My own practice is to journal my gratitudes each night, but sometimes I’ll also stop for a quick hit when I need it. And I’ve needed it a lot lately. Seriously, when you find yourself spinning out from fear and overwhelm, take a moment to stop, breathe, ground yourself in the moment, and write down (or speak aloud or think to yourself) three things you’re truly grateful for.
Journaling: When in doubt (or panic or fear or anxiety or anything really lol), write it out. Seriously. Sometimes we just need a release. And there’s nothing as powerful as putting your own words, thoughts, and feelings to paper. Let them go. Acknowledge them. All of those feelings have an energy, and one way to release that energy is to write it out.
LOL: Yep, good ole laughter as medicine. I’ll also admit that humor has been a defense mechanism for me my entire life, and there’s a reason for it – it works! Instead of focusing on what you can’t control, find something to laugh about. A quick search across the internet can help you find funny memes, but some of my favorite outlets lately have been daydreamnchill, shitheadsteve, thefunnyintrovert on Instagram.
I hope you find one, some, or all of these resources helpful, now, and in future times of need. Please know that I’m sending you love and light, and I truly mean that. It’s part of my evening routine – sending out waves of love, light, and healing to the world each night, from my soul to yours 🙂