Get hurt emotionally easily
Mental Injuries: First Aid Program for Your Psyche
I claim that most of us take excellent care of our bodies. We comb our hair regularly, wash it so that it looks well-groomed and has a silky shine, we cut our fingernails, put cream on our skin - and we have remembered brushing our teeth two or three times a day since we were children. If we fall and open our knees, we quickly get a wound spray and plaster from the nearest pharmacy. And if we ever get a nasty flu, then we lie in bed and cure it until the body develops strength again.
The social media channels prove it: Our body has become a status symbol that everyone can beautify, strengthen and use - for more recognition and likes. There have never been so many sports studios, apps and fitness programs as there are now. Health tips roll over and over, and it's all about our physical well-being. The body trend has become a lifestyle, and we care more than ever to look and stay fit into old age.
Care for mental injuries as well as physical ones
But what about our psyche? Who cares, combs, cleans and strokes them? The emotional body is often the forgotten stepchild that receives little attention and attention. If you have a broken leg, everyone will say, "Take your time off, lie down and cure yourself." What do we hear from a broken heart? "It'll be fine. You'll soon be over it. Get distracted."
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If you accidentally cut your finger while chopping vegetables, you will quickly repair the injury and would never think of digging the knife deeper into the wound because we might be annoyed about our mishap. In the case of emotional injuries such as rejection, we often aggravate the pain by adding our inner mustard and hardly leaving a good hair on ourselves. Criticism, doubts and self-reproaches are on the spot as quickly as otherwise only the emergency doctor. So it is high time that we also treat the spiritual body to its little care and first aid program and take the healing of spiritual wounds more seriously.
Build resilience with Yin Yoga techniques
Long restorative yoga postures such as Yin Yoga are wonderful for letting go of pent-up emotions and healing. Even if we have the feeling that an experience is long behind us, it is often astonishing how much the body still remembers it years later. Feelings move the smallest cell in our body, and a lot is hoarded until we consciously let it go again. Talking about it is usually not enough, only the conscious physical perception in the yoga postures in connection with the breath can release pent-up emotions. Through the physical and mental clarification, we soon feel whole and whole again.
Home remedies for emotional injuries: warmth and gentle substances on the skin
What also helps: warmth on the skin! A soothing shower gives us the feeling of security and closeness, a cup of tea enjoyed in peace ensures that we come down and relax in everyday life. Flattering substances on the skin or soft blankets and towels during yoga can act like a cuddle substitute.
Studies have shown that lonely people in particular benefit from such wellness measures. If we value our body, then it is also an emotional caress. Above all, self care means feeling worthy to be loved. Be it worth it to you to care for and pamper yourself with a soothing body oil! This form of self-love strengthens us and nourishes our emotional body as well as the physical one.
Appreciation as an inner patch: self-love heals emotional pain
Usually we ourselves are our strongest critic and deepen our emotional wounds by hurting ourselves when our self-esteem is already down. It is so important that we strengthen ourselves again and again and build ourselves up internally in order to protect ourselves - from everything that penetrates us from the outside, but also from our own thoughts.
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After every defeat, make sure that you boost your self-esteem by saying loving things to yourself, recalling your positive qualities and making yourself particularly aware of the good. Take a look around, what things are there around you that make you happy? What can you enjoy? Powerful yoga postures like the warrior positions and arm balances help us to strengthen our self-confidence. When we begin to feel the whole body and to feel comfortable in it, a deep feeling of security arises in us. It signals: Everything is okay, nothing can happen to you.
Protection against mental suffering: How to strengthen your emotional resilience
Dare to do a brave new thing each day encourages us to grow beyond our comfort zone and feel strong like a lion or a lioness afterwards. It is important to build emotional resilience, similar to how we protect our tooth enamel from harmful tooth decay with fluoride.
We strengthen our mental resilience by stopping ourselves again and again as soon as we notice that we are brooding or pondering too much. Find breaks like a little breathing meditation that gets you out of this repetitive flow of thoughts. Go against negative thought constructs over and over again, just as you would with matted hair. Comb and brush your mind with positive thoughts so that it shines and shines. By the way, gratitude is like a wonderful care lotion for your heart.
About the author: Annika Isterling is a yoga teacher, book author, coach and lecturer for companies. She gives retreats all over the world and has written several books. In her guide "Wellbeing. Yoga retreats for the home", she gives instructions for five relaxing weekends at home. (Theseus Verlag, 29.95 euros)
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