This is “Take Two” of my January blog post. I originally planned to write about my 2017 priorities and how I was managing them amongst the chaos of life. I am still going to share that information. Just not this month.
I’ve been pretty open about my struggles with anxiety and the resulting depression that can come from it. Year-ends are tough for me. So are periods of uncertainty, which I think sums up pretty accurately what’s going on right now. I don’t know about you guys, but I have encountered a substantial amount of negativity on my social media feeds lately. Some are related to the election/inauguration, some not. Regardless, there’s definitely stress from uncertainty underlying most of these posts. Stress that is triggering my own anxiety, leaving me feeling fragile and uncomfortable in my own skin.
I hate that feeling. A lot.
So I decided to take back control. I am emptying my social media feeds from sources that are hell bent on posting uninformed, unnecessarily emotional, or simply incorrect “news.” And I am going to fill it back up with 30 Days of Sunlight.
Why sunlight? Many years ago, I taught myself a mantra that I found in a deck of yoga cards to help me battle the negative emotions of others. It was called the Dragonfly Meditation, and it talked about envisioning myself radiating light from within on the exhale. (It also said to envision yourself as an ocean wave on the inhale, but 30 Days of Ocean Waves just didn’t have the same ring!)
I find that if I can remember to picture light radiating from within my skin like the mantra taught me, my emotional strength will slowly return, allowing me to withstand better the assault of negativity around me. I can take back control of my emotions.
So for the next 30 days, I’m going to post something to my Twitter and Facebook feeds that reminds me of this sunlight. Something happy, or funny, or cute. A nice thing someone did for me. Anything that will help me feed my own sunlight and break the cycle of negativity that has built up around me.
I would love, love, love it if you joined me on this journey towards the positive. Use the hashtag #30daysofsunlight when you post something so I (and others) can see it!
May your next 30 days be filled with the light and happiness you deserve!