When stressed or vulnerable, there are loving acts we can do to protect ourselves. Imagining that we put a shield around ourselves as we shower in the morning is one example of this. Think of the shield as both protective and open so positive energy can come in but negative is filtered. Make it a loving shield that has our best interests at heart. There is no magic when we do this, we are simply setting an intention we carry with us throughout the day. As we set the intention repetitively, it becomes a habit and the protection is strengthened.
At night we can set out intention in a different way, letting go of negative energy collected from the day as we undress, drive home, shower, or wash dishes. Negativity is tossed in the dirty clothes bin, by the side of the road as we drive, or down the drain as we shower or rinse the dishes. This gives us a clean slate each day and allows us to let go of anything we do not need or want.
Both intentions are loving acts. Here is a guided imagery that also involves a loving act. Try it to reduce your stress and increase coping: