In a world full of technology and social media, finding and using our voices can feel overwhelming. We all know that social media allows us to share our thoughts, ideas and opinions, however, do we use this same freedom in person? Sometimes speaking our truth face to face can feel intimidating. How do we allow ourselves to find our voice without feeling the need to type it up and rewrite it until it sounds perfect?
It took me years to find my voice and speak my truth to the people around me. I'm sure we all know that feeling of living in a family that has very opinionated or sarcastic responses.
One day, I realized that what makes me unique is speaking my truth. I was tired of trying to please others and not sharing my thoughts or point of view on a matter. I was tired of just letting toxic people tell me how I should or shouldn't think.
If this sounds familiar, you've come to the write place. Learning to find and use your voice is the most empowering experience you will have in life. It not only allows you to share your truth, but you also learn so much more about yourself.
Here are 4 simple techniques to finding and using your voice:
Create stillness in a world of chaos
Take time to meditate every day. Train your mind to focus only on your breath. Pay attention to what kind of thoughts pop into your head - are they positive, negative, or anxiety driven? Acknowledge your thoughts and bring your attention back to the present moment.
During your meditation, visualize a sacred or quiet place in your mind. A place that brings stillness, calmness, and happiness. For me, this is a vibrant garden filled with beautiful flowers and a small seating area for me to 'sit'. There are white and yellow butterflies fluttering around, bees buzzing in the air, hummingbirds going from flower to flower, and birds chirping. This is my happy place; a place where nothing can be touched and nothing can go wrong. A place just for me.
What's your happy place?
Wherever your place is, you can learn a lot about yourself and where you find most enjoyment.
Have daily check-in's with yourself
It's important to check in with yourself a few times a day. This can help bring you back to the present moment if you find yourself getting worked up about a situation that's out of your control, something that happened in the past, or worrying about the future.
I have a pop up on my phone every two hours from 6:00am-8:00pm every day. This reminds me to check in with myself and how I'm feeling. It's a great reminder that a majority of the anxious, sad, or angry emotions I experience is just a feeling and will pass. I acknowledge those emotions and then move on with my day as best I can.
Whether you write a sticky note on your mirror, have reminders on your phone, or carry a journal with you - find an effective way that can help you stay grounded and bring you back to your true self.
Visualize what you want in life
A great exercise for finding your voice and speaking your truth is to visualize what kind of life you want.
Do you enjoy a fast paced lifestyle, constantly on the go? Or maybe you prefer living in a quiet environment in the countryside.