Sometimes we just need to find the time and space to soothe our nervous systems.
A few weeks ago, as I walked through the woods, I was struggling with a bit of anxiety. My nervous system was amped up and I was having a hard time calming it down.
Instead of continuing my walk, I found a rock next to the water. I sat down, and took the sound of the water moving by me into my ears…the sound of water moving always soothes me. I concentrated on deepening my breath and just being exactly where I was in that moment. As I sat there, I could feel my nervous system begin to tamp down.
A few days after that, while stuck in the middle of traffic on 495, I was in that similar space of anxiety. I didn’t have a soothing stream next to me, but I fell into a routine of breathing a little deeper, of finding myself exactly where I was in that moment. While the environment wasn’t nearly as conducive to soothing as my little spot by the stream, I could still feel my nervous system begin to tamp down.
We’re not always going to have a lovely little stream to sit next to when we need some soothing in our lives, my friends. But I think, when we allow ourselves the space to breathe a little deeper, and find ourselves exactly where we are no matter where we actually are, we can find a little more soothing in our own lives, even when our environment is a little less than conducive to soothing.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!