Introduction to Unwind

Unwind, relax, and let the world flow by. When we find ourselves obsessively worrying we need to find ways to break that worry habit. 

I recently found myself caught up in a worry loop. What with a canceled flight, the long lines to get rescheduled. And the worry of finding a hotel room when thousands of people were trying to do the same, 

The next day waiting for my new flight even worst. 

I committed myself to letting go of the worry and finding ways to unwind so the stress levels didn’t overwhelm me. 

Let’s face it, we all go through times of intense stress and worry.

The idea of unwinding at all in these circumstances can feel impossible.

At the same time, it’s these bad days where we need to unwind more than ever.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at several tips designed to help you unwind even when you’re worried.

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Unwind Tip # 1

Picture with a quote about How to UnwindStart By Getting Back into the Moment

A lot of what we’re doing when we’re worrying is living in the future.

We’re caught in a world of ‘what if’ and speculation.

This was exactly where I was at Newark airport the day after my flight was canceled.

Will it happen again?

Oh no we’ve been delayed again.

Will I ever get home?

What if I have to spend another night here?

This is why it’s crucial to get back into the here and now.

Mindfulness or meditation can help you focus on where you are right now.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Don’t allow thoughts to intrude.

Instead, allow yourself to drift, thinking about what you hear or smell.

In an airport, this is really easy to do without becoming conspicuous.

I would sit with my eyes closed and practice letting go of the thoughts as they arose. 

It doesn’t have to take long. Even a few minutes of mindfulness will help you to unwind significantly.

Pro Tip from the Dali Lama

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry.

If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying.

There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

Source:  Dalai Lama XIV

Unwind Tip # 2

Are You Being Reasonable?

What are you worried about most often?

Is this a reasonable worry?

Sometimes all we need to unwind is a quick reality check.

You might be overthinking things. If you’re not sure if you see the situation clearly, this might be a good time to talk to someone else about what’s going on.

Do they see things the same way?

A really good exercise to help you unwind comes from The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings

In the book, Thich Nhat Hanh suggests we ask: Am I sure? repetitively until we are clear that we are perceiving correctly.

In this case: “Am I sure this is a reasonable worry?”

This will help us release our worries and anxieties that we are creating unnecessary stress in our life. 

Unwind Tip # 3

Let Go

There are some things you’re not going to be able to change about what’s going on right now.

Remind yourself whatever is happening is just another piece of this particular segment of your life.

You will get through it.

You’ll find it easier to unwind if you can release what is out of your control.

Positive affirmations are a great tool to use in these situations.

In his hallmark book, In The Flow of Life  Eric Butterworth suggest this very useful affirmation.

I am in the flow of life, and I move easily with the flow. I am radiantly and enthusiastically alive. I am free from tension, stress, and strain and I go forward in the flow of life, unhurried and unworried. (page 45)

Reading that you have no option but to unwind and allow yourself to relax. 

There is also the century-old reminder; This to shall pass.

On that second day in Newark I sat an imagined myself sitting on the plane as we taxi out for takeoff.

Unwind Tip #4

Forget the Fortune-Teller

Sometimes when we’re worried, we’re falling into the trap of thinking things are very black and white.

Generally speaking, things are seldom as bad as we imagine them to be.

Take a deep breath and let the situation unfold as it will without trying to predict the future.

Benjamin Fraklin advised

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may

never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.”

Source: Benjamin Franklin

A positive affirmation to use in this situation.

I choose to react positively to any situation I am facing in the present moment.

Unwind Tip #5

What Are You Telling Yourself?

Sometimes we get in the habit of seeking out the negative, especially when it comes to ourselves.

Could it be you’re worried about something which isn’t even true?

Consider the words you use when talking to yourself.

If you’re using more negative than positive phrasing, start changing the dialogue to more positive statements.

It’s a lot easier to unwind when you’re not beating yourself up all the time.

For More Information about Negative self-talk and thinking

Unwind quote about negative self-talk

Unwind: Further Steps

Worrying is one of the most common activities undertaken by human beings.

We can’t help ourselves. We have trained ourselves to believe that worrying is productive.

However, worrying is a counterproductive habit that needlessly sacrifices our effectiveness, health, and sense of well-being.

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