Have you ever felt so stressed out and anxious that you felt you “out of your body?” Almost like you’re watching a movie about your life, but you aren’t actually there. You are so deep in thought or fear or worry that you are not fully present. You are deep, deep down a thought and you don’t even know how you got there. You relate right? I can’t be the only one!
When my anxiety is high, I tend to drift away in my thoughts easily. Lately, I’ve been using this practice to bring myself back to the moment by asking myself these questions:
- What are the three things you SEE right now?
- What is something you SMELL right now?
- What are 3-4 words that describe how you FEEL right now?
- What is something you can HEAR right now?
- What is one good thing you BELIEVE about yourself?
I actually gained inspiration for these questions based on this Instagram post I found a few weeks ago. This practice helps you use all of your senses to center yourself. When you are trying to love and care for yourself, having these questions handy will help you re-center the current moment.
In addition, I’ve been better about giving myself grace and permission to feel a certain way. I do this with my 6-year-old son too. This past week, he was home sick from school for 3 days.
He said, “This is the worst day of my life! I am sick. My stomach hurts. I am sad.”
I went over to hug him and I said, “Honey, you are allowed to feel this way. You are allowed to have bad days. You are allowed to feel upset, but you just can’t stay in this moment. What is something we can do right now to help shift your mind?”
Speaking kindly to yourself is a radical self-care move than many people have yet to master. I hope these questions help bring you back to the center and the present mood when you’re feeling overwhelmed, scared, or distracted. I would love to hear any questions you ask yourself too – so drop those questions, quotes, and mantras in the comments below!