Sometimes I feel like a frozen pea: tight, rigid, rolling all too quickly from A to B. I’d much rather be like a plump canned peach, soaking contentedly in my own juice. The latter—that feeling of comfortable self-awareness—is basically what happens when you tap into and work with (not against!) your elemental energy. Part of your core astrological personality, it’s a force that helps you understand how you react to stress and what you can do to best manage that stress. Here, the four kinds of elemental energies and how you can achieve your own particular peach-like status.
Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
You’re kind of like the mom of the group chat: stable and reliable. Those same earthy vibes also make you, ahem, sensual (*Alexa, play sex playlist*) and tactile. Which is why Aliza Kelly says you should reconnect with your physical senses when things get fraught: “Do a full-body scan. Plant your feet on the ground and take inventory of what you’re touching and hearing and the places in your body where you’re feeling tense.” Getting out of your thoughts and into your bod is your fastest way to calm.
Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
Have you ever looked at a fire and thought, Wow, how boring. Next! Ofc not, because fires—and you—are quite literally lit. But that same passionate energy also means you can be temperamental, burning loved ones when you’re in a mood. When your sparks start flying, try to be intentional about where you direct that energy, says Kelly. Channel it into a project or activity instead—put that flame to good use, fire ppl!
Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
So you’ve probably left someone (or 12 someones) on read recently. Yep, you’re fun to follow but incredibly hard to pin down. And being all over the place (in the best way, bb, the best way) makes the whole self-awareness thing a lil complicated. When you feel off-center, embrace your love of talk and check in with someone close to you. Getting an outside perspective can help tame your hurricane of thoughts into a gentle breeze.
Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
No surprise that you are prone to tears, care immensely about people, and are super close to your loved ones. You can also pretty easily drown in your own emotions before crawling into your shell. When you feel overwhelmed, try pinpointing the exact cause of your stress and then examining how you feel about it before acting. “Don’t judge these emotions,” says Kelly. “Use them like hydraulics to fuel positive action.”
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