Get Out Of Your Own Head And Relieve Anxiety
By Diana Proemm
When we let the river of life sweep us down stream without a paddle or life vest our anxieties can build up to the point of no return. We can’t keep up and we start to feel like the water is crushing us under and we can barely keep from drowning. No matter what we do the river is pulling us away from out intentions and leaves us feeling helpless. You feel like a woman without power.
Can you relate to this?
Check out these 4 tips to alleviate feeling like you are sinking boat.
- Find Your Paddle
Acknowledge your own needs and take control of your emotions. Find your breath (or your paddle). A kayaker never wants to let go his/her paddle and sometimes-dire situations will attempt to take your paddle (your emotions) away. If you hang on to your emotions (or breath) just like a paddler would whilekayaking, you’ll be able to maneuver out of just about any situation.
- Back Paddle and Get to River Speed
When you have gotten ahead of yourself, getting back to river (present) is key. We do this by continuing to breath from Tip 1. Take multiple lung filling breaths and start back paddling to bring it to river speed or the present time. Our arrival at river speed or the present will allow you to start to take a look at your surroundings and assess what is happening.
- Scout What Is Ahead
Prepare yourself for what lies ahead. Scouting in kayaking is like planning in real life. A kayaker will scout
what she needs to prepare for, just like in life, making a plan will aid to alleviate potential stressors that throw you off. Make a calendar and give some forethought to your week’s schedule. Then take a deeper look at what each activity will bring to your emotions, and then you can prepare yourself on what your emotions might look like for each event.
- Paddle On
Paddle down your river with confidence that you have what it takes to make it through this section of river (or week). Write down your negative thoughts and put them aside ideally in the trash. Let go, and paddle with the flow as fighting an up or down stream battle of life will get your nowhere. Believe you are a woman with confidence that can paddle the river with ease.
“My dog is wearing the cone of shame so that he won’t bite and irritate a wound on his foot. I’m thinking of getting a cone for my brain, to keep me from chewing away at old emotional wounds. For humans and animals alike, self-chewing is a bad idea.” by Martha Beck
The Bigger Picture trips want to empower women bring you to the most rad terrain you’ll ever come across. The best thing is you don’t have to be an “extreme” enthusiast as they is catered to the novice/beginner to introduce you to a stellar world. The perceived risk is high, but actual risk is low and that is the beauty of this experience. We have chosen these activities to challenge you to try something new so that you can walk away from them with that step of confidence that you take into your daily life.
The Bigger Picture experience is your trail to transformational healing. You will sign up for adventure with other ladies to join a sisterhood of greatness. There will be no formal therapy sessions, and the trips are designed to invoke holistic therapeutic processes that may challenge your emotions; but the best part is the group and professional support you’ll receive the whole time. Emotional safety is our number one and learning how to cope amongst others going through similar issues is a good way to move forward. You will leave with a sense of accomplishment.
Bigger Picture creates positive change in the lives of women struggling with anxiety and PTSD through weekend retreats and outdoor adventure. Check out our adventure trips for women here.