Why Mindfulness For Anxiety Works
Why Mindfulness For Anxiety Works
Worry and anxiety are very common traits in modern humans. We worry over finances, relationships, get anxious over job interviews, visiting the dentist and a whole host of other things. Some people have a natural born tendency to worry which is part of their personality. Even when things are going well they worry something bad will happen.
The problem with this pessimistic way of thinking is that it attracts whatever it is you’re focusing on into your life. You fear getting into debt, then it happens, or you worry you’ll mess up that presentation you’re giving at work, and it doesn’t go so well.
The physical affects of anxiety.
When you’re stressed or anxious your mind is racing with numerous negative thoughts. You become swept up in it and your heart starts racing. The physical effects of stress over the long term can be very damaging. High blood pressure, insomnia, lowered immune system and even strokes can result from stress. You may also feel physically sick and experience loss of appetite.
All worries and anxieties are about projecting your mind into the future. In reality most of what we worry about never actually happens, or if it does it’s never as bad as you imagined. There are always solutions to every problem, and if your mind is calm you’ll find these challenges easier to overcome.
However getting yourself into a negative mindset can make life very hard. Your level of vibration becomes lower and syncs with that which is the same. As a result You attract situations and people that are on a similar vibrational level to you.
So how can you overcome anxiety with mindfulness?
Mindfulness is all about being in the present. Focusing only on the task you’re doing at the present time and not concerning yourself with the future. You become completely absorbed in what you’re doing without jumping from one thing to another. You become aware of every single part of the process.
Many tasks we do each day have become second nature and we do them on autopilot. Instead of just mindlessly doing these tasks, become aware of every step of the process. For example cleaning your teeth is something you normally do without thinking. Feel the bristles of the toothbrush on your gums. Take time to rinse your mouth and feel the fresh, clean sensation.
Driving is another activity that doesn’t require your mind to be fully present. Of course you’re aware of other vehicles on the road, and hopefully concentrating on what’s going on around you! However a lot of the time your mind can also be busy with hundreds of random thoughts spinning round in your head.
When you learn to drive your mind is 100% on every action, but gradually with time and experience you look in the mirror, change gear, accelerate, turn the steering wheel, and stop without thinking.
Next time you get in the car and drive, focus on every action involved and nothing else. Thoughts will enter your head as you can’t stop them, but just observe them as an onlooker. You’ll find if you become aware of every single thought that enters your mind they’ll slow down. As a result You’ll feel calmer and much more relaxed.
Mindfulness Meditation in 20 Minutes
If you feel good in the present you’ll also find you feel more optimistic about the future. The anxious state you got yourself into will diminish and all those worrying thoughts will have faded.
You are at your most creative and able to tap into your greatest potential when you’re calm and in the present moment. Problems are easier to solve, and you’ll attract more positive energy. When you’ve got negative, anxious thoughts spinning round in your head at a rapid rate your body and mind tenses up making it impossible to think clearly.
Mindfulness helps you reconnect with your body
Most people live life so absorbed in their thoughts that they miss what’s going on around them. Walking from the train station or car to the office your mind is already in overdrive. You probably are so used to walking this route on autopilot that you don’t see the autumn colours on the trees, or hear the birds singing. You’re not aware of how these thoughts are influencing your emotions, or affecting you physically.
Becoming aware of the present moment and slowing down your thoughts helps you reconnect with your body and senses.
Mindfulness is best practiced during meditation when you start out. It takes a little time to get used to doing it, but once you’ve done a few meditations you’ll be able to practice it effortlessly while doing your daily chores.
Start by taking in a few deep breaths and slowly exhale. Become aware of your breath as you breathe in and out. Your body will automatically relax and you’ll feel the tension easing. You can practice mindfulness anywhere, and by giving your mind a break from all the noise going on in your head you’ll not only feel calmer but your performance at work will improve as well. Your health will improve and you’ll look younger!