Practice Meditation or Mindfulness to Alleviate Anxiety and Worries

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Everyone suffers anxiety to different degrees and meditation is a great tool for managing and hopefully overcoming your worries. Since worries usually surround future events and how they may or may not turn out, by bringing our attention back to the present moment we can calm the mind and create a feeling of inner peace. When your mind is calm is it easier to tackle life's every day anxieties with a more level head. There are thousands of different meditation techniques and you'll find many videos and step-by-step guides all over the internet. This is just one example of a quick three minute meditation that you can do anywhere from the kitchen to on the train. For just 3 minutes find somewhere where you can sit quietly and comfortably without being disturbed. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Thoughts will come and go, and that is ok. Just notice them and try not to get caught up in them. You can focus on deepening the breath, feeling the coolness of the air on the inhale and the warmth of the air on the exhale. Relax but don’t lose awareness of what you are doing. Stay totally present.

What You'll Need

  • an open mind, a few minutes free from family, phones and distractions

What You'll Do

Tips & Warnings

  • It can take some time to get used to simply observing thoughts as they arrive and letting them pass. Don’t beat yourself up when they do, just keep bringing your attention back to the breath.
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