Let’s face it. Most of us walk around in fear in some way or another.
We all worry that we’re going to mess up, not be liked, or even be rejected, and while we might be able to manage our feelings some of the time, the people around us sense it every time. Here’s how to recognize your body’s signals that you’re not in your power and not being yourself.
- What’s my voice doing? When we’re not being ourselves, we tend to use a high voice. We’re not projecting from our belly and chances are everything below the neck is starved of breath. Are you talking super fast? Another sign of discomfort.
- What’s my body doing? Am I clenching my butt, my hands or my jaw? Our bodies are billions of cells firing at once and those cells can’t be fooled. Tension in your being is picked up instantly by your body. Do a body scan.
- Am I breathing? Shallow breathing in the chest area and vs the belly will not only change your voice, it’s also a signal of fear, nervousness and playing the game of inauthenticity.
- Am I in the present moment or am I being hyper-vigilent? When we’re feeling safe and authentically in the moment, we relax and respond naturally to what’s showing up. When we’re not, we’re hyper-vigilent watching others for signs that we’re accepted and okay.
When we’re in the present moment, our reactions are authentic, our personalities are real and we feel safe to shine our gifts onto the world.
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