Meditation has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. It is a technique used to quiet the mind and body, and release stress. It can also bring focus and clarity, and often, after meditating, problems that you have been struggling with, miraculously become solved.
Meditation has also been known to inspire people to write, and to spur lucrative business ideas, as your subconscious comes to light.
How Meditation Can Improve Anxiety Disorders
Meditation is a great tool for anybody who has ever suffered from an anxiety disorder. The primary goal of meditation is to clear your mind and to be able to bring your attention to the present moment.
You are meant to create an aura of peace surrounding yourself and create a safe place in your mind where you can escape if things get overwhelming, without detaching yourself from the world or your life.
Generalized anxiety disorder is very common in today’s world.
Many of us find ourselves overwhelmed by the things going on around us, and seek to find comfort and control when we feel our security is being threatened.
In learning to use meditation, we are providing ourselves with a very useful tool that we can access during any situation.
Remember to breathe mindfully and keep your attention on the present moment rather than succumbing to panic attacks or hysteria.
Anxiety disorders can be complex and can manifest in many ways.
Anxiety can cause sleep disturbances or result in shallow and disturbed sleeping patterns.
Meditation has been proven as a way to help us to sleep more soundly.
It helps us to process the stresses that we feel on a daily basis so that they are not creeping just below the surface when we finally get a chance to lay down and relax our bodies.
Meditation Is a Way To Help Us
People with anxiety disorders can very much benefit from this type of training.
It can be easy for our thoughts to go astray, and when this happens, it can be very confusing and even a little bit scary.
Fortunately, utilizing techniques like mindfulness meditation can help us to stay focused on the here and now, rather than following the uncertain paths that our thoughts might take should we begin to experience anxiety.
This tool is incredibly beneficial to sufferers of anxiety, and can be practiced until strengthened fully.
Whether you suffer consistently from anxiety or it only creeps up on you once in a while, learning how to practice mindfulness meditations is incredibly useful.
A good way to begin is to simply close your eyes for a moment and focus on your breathing. What does your body feel like as you breathe?
- How quickly are you inhaling your breaths?
- What do you hear around you?
- What do you smell?
By taking your attention away from the thoughts that are causing your anxiety and focusing on the current world around you, you can begin to stay in the present moment and interrupt the disruptive neural pathways that are causing so much more harm than good.
This way, you may find yourself much better e quipped to handle the stresses of daily life without suffering from as much anxiety as you may have before.
Anxiety can be a very disruptive presence in your life, but in learning to practice mindfulness meditation, it can be a force easily reckoned with merely using the power of your own mind!
One simple form of meditation, requires you to sit in a quiet room, either on a pillow, or cross-legged on the floor, or in a comfortable chair, making sure your spine is straight.
It is advised that you use the same place every day.
It is also suggested that you personalize your spot, by beautifying it with candles, flowers, and pictures of the people that you love.
The idea is to sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and focus on a point inside of your forehead.
Try not to think of anything in particular, but don’t try ‘not’ to think either, allowing your mind to become calm, and peaceful.
If you find that your mind is ‘chattering’, don’t try to control it, just let it finish what it is that it is working on, it will eventually quiet down. It is also recommended for beginners to begin with ten to twenty minute sessions, each day.
After a while of doing this, you will start to feel deep relaxation and joy during these sessions.
The first step to this self-hypnosis is to sit in a quiet, comfortable spot, making sure you are facing a wall about eight feet away from you.
Pick a spot or object on that wall, and make that spot or object your focal point.
Looking at your focal point, begin counting backwards from 100, one number for each breath you exhale.
As you do this, imagine yourself floating, and feeling very relaxed. You will begin to feel your eyelids getting heavy, and may begin to blink.
Let your eyes slowly close, and as you continue to count backwards, imagine yourself as limp as a rag doll, totally relaxed, and floating in a safe and comfortable place. Stop counting, and just float in your space.
If any disturbing thoughts should come while in your space, just let them flow out again, and allow yourself to continue to feel safe and relaxed. This technique can help you to cope with stress, and discharge the tension that accumulates during stressful situations.
When you are ready to come out of this self-hypnosis, you can either let yourself drift off to sleep, or you can count from one to three and exit.
- First, count one, and get yourself ready to exit.
- At two, take a deep breath, and hold for a few seconds.
- At three, exhale and open your eyes slowly.
As you open your eyes, continue to hold on to that relaxed and comfortable feeling.
You may then want to increase the length of your sessions to thirty minutes, or maybe even an hour. In our highly active lifestyles of today, it is imperative that we include a brief time for meditation in our daily schedule.
Keep in mind in troublesome times to clear the mind and body with meditation.
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