Stress Relief: Guided Affirmations
I recently had a major stress episode.
Terror hit me one morning after I had awoken. I had embraced negative vibes from high drama the previous evening. I unconsciously dragged the drama and fear into my subconscious during the night. I woke up the next morning understanding clearly that ‘the negative’ had won, had taken me over.
I was clearly about to fall into The Well again, freeze into depression. I knew the feeling, I had been there before, it was on its way.
No NO NO…Don’t let this happen again…oh my god, don’t let me go there again…stop stop stop these thoughts, this frozen feeling, this incapacity, this headfirst dive into hell…
What to do, What to do…
I scrambled under my bed covers, highly agitated: let me sleep, let me forget, let me calm down…
And then I remembered: sleep will not work. Sleep is only a temporary buffer.
Proactive, not reactive. Do, don’t stew.
Favourite mantras in my head, stress reduction tools firmly in mind, I scrolled the internet via smartphone (under the covers) to locate meditations designed to calm wild thoughts.
I required something totally different from my regular meditations which tend to focus on relaxation. I needed relief.
In haste, I chose a “positive affirmation” meditation. I committed to listening to it with as much concentration as I could muster.
What followed was a silky, whispery (mechanical) voice, issuing instructions. I followed ‘her’ for 30 minutes or so, whilst repeating, ad nauseam, the many ways I am great, fine, beautiful, worthy, valuable, worth it.
You work so hard. You work so hard. You work so hard.
You inspire others. You inspire others. You inspire others.
You are doing the very best you can. You are doing the very best you can. You are doing the very best you can….
You matter. You matter. You matter…
You are loved, you are loved, you are loved.
And so on.
I can’t lie.
Many of the affirmations were annoying, phoney, silly, stupid, did not resonate. I repeated them anyway. It gave me something to do.
When the meditation ended, I got out of bed. I began my day as usual. I was energetic, motivated, focused.
The heavy, untenable baggage of negative thoughts and anxiety gripping me like a clamp only a few minutes earlier had disappeared.
Could it be that “What you Think’ is what you are?
The repetition of positive messages obviously had an impact. They sank into my psyche, my soul, my brain – the same way negative messages do.
You don’t have to ‘believe’ the affirmations. That’s not the point. Simply follow what the guide is telling you. Repetition is powerful.
I was amazed at how I was able to seize the depressive thoughts and transform them. This technique may not work next time. Who cares.
I learned that it can.
Easy as pie instructions on how to meditate – with affirmation meditations or other forms – can be found, here.
For affirmation meditations, concentrate on the words you are asked to repeat, as best you can. Repeat what you are asked to repeat.
An example of one such meditation: https://youtu.be/U0oYF0D77J4
I hope this helps you.