I am sure at some point you have had a conversation, where someone has told you to “take it easy” or “take a chill pill”! Afterwards did you feel a rush of anger or irritation? I know I have done when these simple phrases are said to me, so its no wounder that these phrases have such a negative connotation, although the message itself, has come from love and good intentions.
There are many studies that have proven relaxation is good for us, as relaxation releases anxiety, helps us deal with stress and assists our bodies to deal with a whole host of health ailments. Because after all resting our mind and body helps us to feel better.
Words, sounds and images can help us to “take it easy” or “take a chill pill” by expanding our perception and giving us something positive to focus on.
In times of being too busy, we can lose our center as our attention gets pulled in every direction possible. Our mind tries to deal with everything by constantly jumping from one situation to another. But this desire to control everything and the need to predict outcomes, just leaves us feeling helpless and overwhelmed.
I have personal found that I am able to re-center and elevate myself, by taking a moment to read inspirational messages or repeat mantras to myself.
Whats a mantra?
“repetitive sounds used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious mind and adjust the vibration of all aspects of your being. Mantras are vibrated through chanting aloud, mental practice, or by listening to them.” (Singh, 2015)
You can use simple mantras such as;
- I deserve to live with ease.
- Peace is within my reach.
- Stress is not my friend.
- Breathe and breathe again.
- Smiling brings me joy.
- In every moment, peace is a choice.
- Let it be.
- Be here now.
- Don’t worry, be happy.
- I will stay calm and carry on.
So why do empowering and uplifting words work to stop us from feeling helpless and overwhelmed?
They stimulate the endocrine system – When your tongue touches the palate of your mouth it stimulates the hypothalamus, thalamus, and the pituitary. When the hypothalamus is engaged, it stimulates action in the pituitary gland, which is responsible for the endocrine system. The sound vibrations from the mantra releases hormones that balance and heal the body.
They help focus your attention – When repeating the same words, the mind is occupied with one task, and is less likely to wander. This strengthens our ability to stay focused, as the mind becomes anchored to one specific activity.
They provide an effective way to release emotions – Emotions that are suppressed or rejected create tension in the subconscious mind. This leads to physical pains and aches. Through chanting and the repetition of words or sounds, the individual can release these pent-up emotions.
They help create awareness – Each sound has its own unique vibration. Therefore, each word or phrase that one chants will have a different effect on the body. The best metaphor for this is music. Each genre, and every lyric, elicits a different emotion in us.
They align your awareness with the self and the expansive world – It is often said that the one you are looking for is you. What does that mean? It means that no one can sustainably make you happy, healthy, wealthy, or anything else, without some action and investment on your part. To receive love from others, one must be able to create and give love to others. Otherwise, it is difficult to ask for something in the long-term, which one is unable to give in return.
The best time to use empowering and uplifting words is when you start to notice the beginning signs of you becoming stressed or overwhelmed. When this happens, take a moment to be still and check in with your thoughts. What is your inner conversation saying to you? Are there any negative words? If so replace them with a positive affirmation (like listed above), repeat over and over again until you start to feel calmer.
If any of the above-mentioned suggestions didn’t peak your interest, there are many more to choose from. There are plenty of words and images to browse through on Pinterest. It is simply a matter of choosing and practicing the phrases that align best with you!
So, the next time someone tells you to “take it easy” or “take a chill pill”, instead of getting upset, take it as an invitation to enjoy some ‘me’ time and focus on self-care.