Are Worry and Anxiety Unwelcome Friends? Explore the Benefits of Meditation
We’ve all experienced worry and anxiety at some point or another. Some of us much more frequently. But mindfulness and meditation could be just the ticket to help you stress and worry less.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself worrying about things you have no control over.
As much as we’re told not to worry, that stress is bad for us, most of us have dropped out of a perfectly good moment, only to worry.
Ridiculous, right? But you know what’s even more ridiculous? Not using a FREE resource like meditation.
When it comes to using meditation to manage anxiety, studies continue to come to the same conclusion. Mindfulness can help you to stop worrying.
Millions of people all around the world experience ‘Generalized Anxiety Disorder,’ and many more have occasional bouts of fretfulness due to pressures at work or home or both. While you can’t remove all the stress from daily life, there are some steps you can take to feel more at ease.
Focus on the present
Most anxiety tends to be centered on rehashing the past or anticipating the future. If you practice meditation, you are encouraging yourself to engage fully with the present moment, to really focus on the present.
But here’s the most important part... it changes your mind and body.
Chronic anxiety takes a toll on your physical health through inflammation and other symptoms. Scanning your body while you meditate reminds you to lower your shoulders, unfurrow your brow and relax your jaw.
But before I go further, let me set something straight... You don’t have to sit in a dark room in full lotus, practice meditation for 30 minutes a day or even be religious.
Practice meditation on your terms
The more you meditate, the more your stress hormones decrease, and serotonin levels rise. Gray matter enlarges (a major component of your central nervous system), while the amygdala (which processes fear) shrinks.
But you know what else? Mediation can be adapted to suit your individual needs. Take my course B. R. E. A. T. H. E. or sit at home for free on your own schedule.
But most importantly... Meditate. Start off gradually. Even 5 minutes a day pays off.
So set aside a little bit of time each day for contemplation.
Are you ready to fully explore the benefits of meditation so you can worry less and relax more?
Do you want to step into more calm but feel like you need support to keep you accountable on your journey to mindfulness and meditation? Reach out to learn more about how I’m holding space for you.