It is normal to feel anxious when facing a difficult situation but if the worries interfere with your daily functioning then, you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder. People who suffer from this kind of disorder tend to experience frequent worrying, feelings of nervousness and negative thinking. For example, people with panic disorder frequently worries about the future or stresses over the past to the point that it already affects their everyday functioning.
Good thing relaxation can help avoid these symptoms. You can either learn it yourself or learn from a professional. Deep breathing, yoga, visualization, massage, progressive muscle relaxation and mindfulness meditation are some of the most common relaxation techniques that will help counteract many of the cognitive and physical symptoms of panic disorder and anxiety. But we will only focus on mindfulness meditation.
So, what is this mindfulness meditation? It is a type of relaxation technique which brings your awareness back to the present. Through this, you should be able to allow thoughts without trying to stop or judge them. Many people think that when they try to avoid negative thoughts, it will just slip away. But we all know that it’s not like that. The more you try to avoid it, the more it will likely give you anxiety. Mindfulness meditation will allow you to think of those negative thoughts without you reacting to it. Instead of worrying when the negative thought will occur again in your mind, why not try to learn how to face it without brooding about it?
Now, let’s get started. First, find a quiet and distraction-free area where you can clearly hear your thoughts. You can either do it in the morning to start a worry-free day or you can do it in the evening in order for you to have a good night’s rest. Second, try to sit or lay in a comfortable way. You can start with at least 5-10 minutes and gradually increase it as you become more comfortable. Remember not to force yourself for this might heighten your anxiety instead of eliminating it. Next, close your eyes and begin with a breathing exercise and without a judgmental attitude, let any idea come into mind. Just let it flow for a moment and do not try to criticize what you’re thinking. Keep calm, and when you think your meditation is complete, take a few deep breaths before opening our eyes. Now, how does that feel? If you continue to practice this simple meditation it might be able to help you have a sense of inner harmony, clarity and peace. There are a lot of things in life that’s inevitable, life won’t adjust for us. It’s either we let ourselves sink in our own deceitful thoughts or learn how to live with it.