By Kathy Keary
A three-part series with ideas to ease stress, anxiety and depression in troubled times.
Part 2 of 3. All articles are here.
During these troubled times, many issues are screaming for our attention. Each one of us also brought our own situations into 2020 that color our world and our lives in an array of hues. Pre-existing dilemmas may be amplified by the challenges of today.
Our emotional response to the many triggers we face is uniquely ours. No two people will respond in exactly the same way to all that is transpiring in our country and in our world. Extending kindness to ourselves and others is important.
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Stilling our souls is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. We are hopeful that some of the suggestions in this series, “Stilling Your Soul in Troubled Times,” will speak to you personally providing much needed rest for a weary spirit if even for a while. Perhaps taking a break from the stress and strain of these days will lighten your load and the burden experienced by your loved ones. Consider these recommendations:
For instance, holding the index finger will relieve the feeling of worry and anxiety. Holding the middle finger decreases the feeling of anger and rage. Holding the pointer finger eases the emotion of fear and panic. Holding the thumb eases the sense of grief and emotional pain. The diagram also speaks to settling the emotional needs of children as well. http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Fingerhold-Practice-Diagram-Final.pdf
Sometimes difficult times can have a paralyzing effect. It’s not uncommon for a person to resist activities that will be of benefit. You may need to be intentional about implementing practices that reduce stress and uplift the spirit. Stay tuned for additional ways to deal with our emotional response to these unusual times.
Note: New articles in this series are posted to the website every Monday. The full series can be found here: An Invitation to Something New: The Contemplative Life. On Thursday’s we’ll send an email to remind you of the articles.
[Kathy Keary, a Precious Blood Companion and spiritual director, holds a master’s degree in theological studies and is a graduate of the Atchison Benedictine’s Sophia Center’s Souljourners Program, an intense study of spirituality and spiritual direction. Kathy believes that the divine is present and active in all of life and encourages others to be awakened to the God in all including the divine within. She enjoys accompanying others on their journey to wholeness discovering the person they were created to be.]
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