I sometimes feel like anxiety is the boogeyman. And everybody knows you can’t kill the boogeyman, but you can Manage your anxiety. Meditation as a remedy for anxiety can help you manage your stress levels and give you peace in the times when it attacks the most.
Anxiety is defined as: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an imminent even or something with an uncertain outcome.
Meditation is used as a means for managing this uncomfortable feeling in the times when its most overwhelming.
Can Meditation Reduce Anxiety?
Absolutely. Meditation, through focused concentration, is the art of bringing yourself back into the present moment.
This practice lasts a lifetime, but the benefits happen in a very short period with consistent practice. I’ve had times in my life when I was really going through a challenging period and meditation was the only thing that stopped my head from exploding.
I’ve been dealing with anxiety most of my adult life, and when I found something that could help me manage myself back into the present, it was a godsend.
How Do You Perform Meditation For Anxiety?
There are different ways to meditate to calm your anxiety. There really is no wrong way to practice, but there are some ways that are more effective than others.
You can begin by sitting upright in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. In the beginning there was only the breath you took, so you want to make that your starting focal point.
You will find your mind drifting, but don’t worry about that because it’s completely normal. When you feel this happening just return your focus to your breathing. This is the beginning of meditation.
Don’t worry about getting fancy with chants and prayers. They are wonderful, but if you are just beginning, focus on breathing and nothing else. Anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 will be sufficient.
What To Think About While Meditating For Anxiety
The best answer that can be given for this question would probably be to think of ‘nothing’. The goal is to free your mind to make it light and peaceful, but this takes time, effort and practice.
To start, think about your breathing pattern. You breathe to live so that makes one of the easiest things to lock in on when you’re going into a state of focus. Take a few deep breaths to have a reference point for focus.
Focus on your gratitudes. A great way to start is to think about what you’re grateful for. What are the things in life that you have or have experienced that keep you sane? What keeps you grounded? What is it that gives you a purpose?
Meditation can work wonders for anxiety. Anxiety is worrying about the future and the future hasn’t happened yet. Meditation puts you in the present. With practice, meditation will keep you in the moment.
Of course it’s natural to stray and go into the past or dwell on the future. But with an ability to bring yourself back into the moment before you go down a cycle of negativity is the reality of what meditation will do for you.
What are some of your favorite forms of meditation?