Using Meditation to Overcome Anxiety
Anxiety is a very real and very overwhelming condition that impacts millions of people today. If you have ever dealt with anxiety or know someone who has, then you know how seemingly hopeless it can feel when you are faced with anxiety. The good news is, there are actually ways that you can overcome anxiety using safe, natural meditation. This means no drugs, no intensive therapies and no dangerous treatments with side effects.
If you haven’t tried meditation to help with your anxiety, there is no better time to give this ancient practice a try. You may be surprised by the peace of mind and the comfort that meditation can bring. If you are new to using this approach or new to meditation in general, here are a few tips for using meditation as a way to handle your anxiety.
The first and most important step is to make sure that you are able to find some quiet in order to meditate. Without being able to sit in complete quiet, you will not be able to find the healing meditation that you need to calm your anxiety.
As you sit in the quiet to meditate, you will need to allow yourself to accept what is in front of you an the path that appears to you as you slowly meditate and follow your breath. With something as difficult as anxiety you can’t just will or think your way into feeling better or calmer. Managing anxiety is all about acceptance, so you need to accept what comes to you during your practice. If you force your way down one path or another, you risk being forced down a road because of fear and panic, which ultimately can only make your anxiety worse.
So, how exactly do you do this?
You need to start with the right meditative practice. It won’t take long, but it does require a quiet space and plenty of focus and concentration. Here is how it is done.
- When you sit in your quiet space and let your mind relax, take a deep breath in and follow your breath focusing only on your breath until you are in a quiet and comfortable state.
- Visualize a path that takes you through a calming environment, such as a beach or through a forest. It needs to be an environment where you, personally feel comfortable.
- If your mind wanders to your worries or fears or to preoccupied thoughts, make sure that you always try to refocus on this path.
- As you continue to focus on your path, let y our mind lead you to the pace and to the answers that you seek.
Taking this approach to meditation will help you learn to be more accepting of the challenges that come your way in life and it will help you learn to approach these challenges with calm and understanding instead of anxiety.
The key to having meditation help with anxiety in the long run is to make sure that you practice the art of meditation regularly. Most experts recommend daily meditation for just 10-15 minutes at a time. These brief sessions make it easier for you to stay focused during your entire meditative practice, yet are long enough to have major results.
Practicing in these short sessions every day will help bring more consistency to these feelings of peace and calm that come with regular meditative sessions. It is important that meditation becomes part of your daily life so you can grow in your practices and become stronger and more suited to handle the anxiety when it creeps into your life.
Take the time to dedicate just a few minutes per day to yourself and to your emotional and mental well-being. It can really go a long way in helping you learn to overcome your anxiety and to start replacing these feelings with more grounded, centered and able to overcome feelings of anxiety when they come your way.