These methods of meditation for anxiety is an excellent way to take time out and give yourself the space you need to retain your equilibrium, and therefore combat anxiety naturally. There is no big mystery to meditation and no need to over-complicate it. Put simply, it is deep relaxation for both mind and body.
Just a few moments a day will produce a real sense of calm and tranquility. It is especially useful during busy, stressful periods because it allows you to untangle and eliminate all those jumbled thoughts that are crowding your mind.
Anyone can practice meditation for anxiety anywhere: while waiting in line, at work, at home or while simply out for a walk. If you are in a more controlled environment, say at home, you could choose to follow a guided meditation from a book, DVD or CD. Or you could try one of the methods outlined below:
With this form of meditation you choose a calming word, thought or phrase and silently repeat it over and over. This helps push away other, more distracting thoughts and produces a profound sense of calm. Transcendental Meditation is a form of Mantra Meditation and is highly recommended for those who suffer from anxiety.
This form of meditation for anxiety may seem unusual in that, instead of closing your eyes and drifting away from your environment, you choose to become more aware of it and therefore more accepting. This works by allowing you to accept thoughts or distractions and simply let them flow over you. Focusing on your breath and observing its flow helps you to achieve this state of relaxed mindfulness.
Mindful Meditation is particularly useful during potentially stressful occasions such as a party. You can do this without anyone even noticing, simply observing, accepting and letting everything flow over you while keeping your attention on your breathing until you feel calmer and in control.
Another method which is well suited to helping combat anxiety as it allows you to withdraw from stress-inducing situations while also giving yourself a real physical and mental treat. During a walking meditation you adopt the principles of the Mindfulness Meditation in that you notice and appreciate everything around you as you pass by at a steady, even pace, concentrating on the motion of your legs and feet.
You can even combine this with a Mantra Meditation, silently repeating a calming word, thought or phrase in your head as you breathe deeply and regularly. The benefit of this kind of meditation is that you reap the rewards of both physical exercise and mental calming while giving yourself a proper psychological boost. This sort of ‘me time’ is vital if you suffer from anxiety.
Again, it need only be a few minutes, although 30 is optimum. Take a walking meditation a few times a week and you will quickly start to see and feel the benefits from meditation for anxiety.
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