It's Mental Health Awareness week and I thought I would talk a bit about a mental health challenge I battled for over a decade, anxiety. This led to depression and feelings of low self-esteem but meditation really transformed my life, along with hypnotherapy and has enabled me to help others through my own private practice, and as an AnxietyUK approved therapist.
The fast-paced, hectic world we live in is fraught with situations that can cause us to feel an unhealthy amount of stress. This stress sometimes develops into, or manifests itself as, worries and fears, leading to feelings of anxiety. Have you fallen into this frustrating path?
If so, it's comforting to know that you can ease feelings of anxiety by understanding your worries and fears and taking action to get to the root of them. One of the prime natural methods to easing anxiety is the use of meditation.
Meditation is a basic self-help technique that can get you in better touch with yourself. It also relieves stress, relaxes your body, and calms your mind.
Getting to the Root of Your Anxiety
Anxiety is a scary thing because it's your body's reaction to a fearful situation, except anxiety can form when there's no perceived threat. You may even fall into a pattern where you're afraid of the fear itself, so you avoid situations that have brought out anxiety in the past.
However, you'll soon find that avoiding life does nothing to help you solve your challenges. You can enjoy much better results by figuring out the real causes of your feelings of anxiety. Participating in counselling or group therapy situations may help you understand these feelings. Another way to get to the root of your feelings is by practising meditation.
Starting Out With Meditation
There are different ways you can approach a meditative practice. You can start by just picking a time everyday when you can calmly be alone without distractions. Begin your meditation by taking deep breaths and focusing only on each breath as it goes in and out.
On a particularly stressful day, you might have more difficulty focusing on your breath. The thoughts of whatever is stressing you may keep getting in the way. When this happens, acknowledge the thought and then go back to concentrating on your breath. Eventually, you'll feel your mind grow calm.
As you calm your mind, begin purposefully taking notice of your thoughts. All you must do is notice them, and then return your attention to your breath again. If any thoughts make you uncomfortable or tense, relax your muscles and then focus on your breath again.
Try not to stress yourself out further by getting frustrated with the meditation process. As you continue to practice, it will get easier, and you'll look forward to your relaxation sessions.
Maintaining Your Practice
Meditating will help you become fully aware of the present moment. Remind yourself to spend a portion of every day in the present so you're not burdened by past and future stress. With regular practice, you'll be able to expand the amounts of time that you stay in the present.
By continuing to meditate on a consistent basis, you'll begin to notice your true self. You can discover a lot about your life by maintaining awareness of the present moment. You'll also notice the way your body reacts to stress and anxiety and can take measures to counteract it.
When Meditation Isn't Enough
Although meditating can go a long way toward easing your feelings of anxiety, sometimes meditation practice alone may not be your complete solution. In these situations, don't hesitate to ask for help. There are many treatment options that include other natural methods, including Hypnotherapy or CBT and mindful movement like yoga or Tai Chi.
With meditation and other methods, if necessary, you can make your feelings of anxiety become a faint memory of the past. Be proactive about creating a life free from fears or worries, and start meditating today so you can look forward to a bright future!
Feel free to get in touch to see how I can help you find freedom from Anxiety in your life either through meditation training or hypnotherapy.