(Disclaimer: while I am a mental health professional, this guided meditation is intended to help with anxiety, not treat it. Please remember that if your anxiety begins to overtake your life and interfere with daily functioning, it is super important to seek consultation with a physician and/or counselor. Take care of yourself, momma!)
As we move into the belly of Hurricane Season here on the Gulf Coast, anxiety and fear often grips many families. Some of us have lived through terrifying storms and floods. We know the damage that can occur and the lives that are at stake. As a healthcare provider, my own storm anxiety reaches from my own family to all of the sweet patients I and my colleagues care for on a daily basis. Basically, anxiety on steroids.
We also know, and this is where the anxiety comes from, that we are not in control of the weather. And, even if Jim Cantore or Rob Perillo made a personal appearance in some of our own homes to tell us everything was going to be fine, many of us would still worry.
So, the question is, what are we in control of? We are definitely not in control of the weather. We do however, have control of our thoughts, if we harness the right coping skills. A wonderful coping skill for anxiety and fear is to utilize guided meditation. So, that’s exactly what I have for you. The guided meditation below is less than 10 minutes and can be practiced by anyone, anywhere. I encourage every momma to utilize this meditation to help bring a little calm during the storm. Your littles may even like it too!