Meditation for anxiety

Meditation for anxiety sufferers can be a challenge initially, but it is worth persevering because it is one of the most beneficial practices for reducing anxiety levels.

When you are feeling anxious or worried for no particular reason, trying to sit still for any length of time without something to distract you from yourself can feel next to impossible.

But, this is mainly because of a major misunderstanding about what meditation is and how to do it! So, if you are interested in learning to meditate there are some things you need to remember.

What meditation isn't ...

It isn’t trying to make your mind go quiet.

It isn’t forcing yourself into a practice.

It isn’t having an expectation that you will have a particular experience.

What meditation is ...

It is the process of becoming aware of your thoughts and learning to observe them rather than becoming attached to them or overwhelmed by them.

It strengthens the ability to notice thoughts and then let them go.

It helps you, over time, to notice the quiet spaces between thoughts. 

It helps the body, during the time spent sitting still and observing your thought processes, gradually to begin to normalise and release stress. 

It helps you recognise the connection between thoughts and feelings in your body ....

.... and these are the reasons that meditation for anxiety sufferers is so beneficial.

These are all skills that will help enormously in your recovery. Therapists and ex-sufferers alike know about the powerful benefits of meditation in improving recovery from anxiety or panic disorders.

Appropriate methods of meditation for anxiety include most of the more well-known techniques such as mindfulness, TM (transcendental meditation), meditation on a sound (or mantra) and meditations based on the breath. These will all tend to induce a relaxation response - just choose what you are most drawn to. Check out one of the most effective meditation exercises here and seven things you need to know to make your practice successful.

So, if you are thinking about meditation to help your recovery from anxiety problems then you are definitely thinking in the right direction!  It is one of the most helpful things you can do to get your nervous system settled, teach your body to switch off all those anxiety producing chemicals and help your mind to become calmer and less reactive. 

For those who still find meditation too challenging – don’t despair. A wonderful alternative (or addition) to meditation is Yoga Nidra – a highly effective deep relaxation technique, which can also serve to deepen your meditation practice.

Also, check out our free, 5 minute relaxation. It's the perfect way to help you settle when used just before your meditation practice. It can also be used several times a day to unwind stress  - one of the best methods of starting to turn off anxiety symptoms.

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