There are dozens of negative emotions. Although the most common are anxiety, depression, guilt, resentment, envy, jealousy, fear, and hostility, they all ultimately boil down to a feeling of anger, directed either inward or outward.Serious anxiety may lead to depression, which is why you need to take measures before it gets out of hand.
This is an exercise that you might find helpful whenever you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or in a panicky state. It is a visualization exercise, therefore if you find it hard to follow through with the exercise.alone, you can ask someone to take you through it:
- Sit comfortably in a quiet place, with eyes closed, take three deep breaths as you inhale deeply and exhale slowly.
- Think about the anxiety; where is it in your body? What is its shape? Does it have any color? Find out if it has a texture, its temperature. Is it big or small, light or heavy, moving or it is still, is it flexible or it is still?
- Find out the exact part of your body that is feeling anxious. Is it your face, throat, stomach, chest, shoulders? You have to guide your conscious self to the exact place where the anxiety feels. Find out if the anxiety is in one part of the body or in many places and take yourself there.
- Determine the surroundings of the part of the body with anxiety. What color is the surrounding? How does it feel? What does it look like? How exactly is the surrounding, still or moving? Stiff or flexible? Dark or clear? All these are imaginations you should create in your mind.
- Alter the way the place surrounding the anxiety looks like in order to fade it away if it seems angry and stressed. If for instance it is colored, try to pour water on it in your imaginations just to fade it away. Try to dilute it as much as possible. If it feels hot, pour water on it just to cool it down. Alter the image in your mind about that surrounding until your mind’s eyes see something better than what was there before.
- If nothing changes and the surrounding is resistance to anything that you are doing to it, try moving it about, changing its location, shape, loosening it up; just anything that will make it feel different and better. Take time to do all this as you breathe deeply. Ensure you are relaxed all this time.
- Now watch as the anxiety is taken over by the better surrounding; watch as the surrounding dissolves the anxiety,pushes it away, makes it smaller and weaker, fades out its color and anything else that will make the anxiety disappear completely from your mental image.
- Once the anxiety is gone, fill the empty space with new energy. Take deep breaths. Imagine something pleasant, with bright colors, big enough coming to fill the empty spaces that anxiety occupied. You should be feeling better at this stage and more energized. This should take away your anxiety and promote healing to your inner self.