Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman knows a thing or two about overcoming stressful situations after the gymnast has performed at the peak level of her craft in front of millions of people. Since her retirement from professional gymnastics, Raisman has taken a focus on emotional and mental health and shares her journey with fans. Now, Raisman is revealing to her fans a little trick she uses to get in the moment when she feels things slipping away due to a stressful situation or anxiety-inducing event.
Let’s face it, 2020 has been an extra-stressful year. The COVID-19 pandemic rocking the world and causing things to halt for most of the year, combined with the toxic political environment during the presidential election has left most searching for ways to remain calm on a daily basis. Luckily, Aly Raisman has a little technique for fans that may bring about some positive energy.
Posting a message to her millions of fans, Raisman described what she does when things start to feel out of control.
“If you want a quick tip that has helped me: for those of you who feel overwhelmed or anxious I recommend trying to put your hand or hands over your heart space & you can also put one hand over your stomach,” Raisman explained to fans in a photo that showed the star acting out the instructions.
The 26-year-old star continued, “Pay attention to the warmth your hand may bring & how it feels on your body. If it feels right to you, you can also bring a light smile across your face. I encourage you to pay attention to the sensations you feel in your chest, stomach, mouth & body.”
Aly Raisman explained how she can feel her own smile radiating throughout her body, and pointed out that returning to the peaceful emotional state doesn’t have to be a one-time thing:
“If this helped remember you can access this feeling again/whenever you need it,” she said.
Raisman gained high praise from fans for the advice she gave, including one who thought the star has a future as a motivational coach.
“You’re so sweet to give us tips like that. I’ll screenshot your advice and print it out when I get home. Thank you. I usually drink some chamomile tea and listen to some instrumental music. You’d be a great motivational coach,” the fan wrote.
She may be onto something.