How can mindfulness help with anxiety management?
Mindfulness, is the nemesis of anxiety, as Kryptonite is to Superman. Mindfulness is living in the present moment, savouring the now, accepting what you cannot change. Understanding that what will be will be and knowing that you cannot read other’s minds or predict the future. You know them people that live oddly serine lives? They are living mindfully for sure.
Anxiety is thinking you CAN read minds and CAN predict the future. It is worrying about what could happen and what might happen (always predicting or mind reading negative things of course!). Mindfulness and anxiety could not be more different.
Mindfulness is an age old practice originating in the East with many variations in many different cultures. When mindfulness is applied to life it trains your mind to focus. Over time you train you mind to unhook itself from your thoughts. This allows you to live in the now and to see thoughts for what they are. Thoughts are just brain farts – THOUGHTS ARE NOT FACTS! No matter how much they tell you they are 😉
Have you ever tried mindfulness? Whilst trying, got bored or frustrated? Tried it and thought ‘this doesn’t work?’ All common things that people tell me on a regular basis until they finally understand what mindfulness is. Therefor I wanted to write this blog, so lovely people you can start to live a life beyond anxiety too.
So how do you do it? I hear you cry.
Well it starts with the basics, just as everything else in life. There are two forms of mindfulness practice that you need to know about to get started:
Formal and Informal Practice
Formal practice is where you sit and give dedicated practice, ideally daily, where being mindful is your main objective. Imagine the Buddhist Monk sitting on a mountain (you don’t need to sit on a mountain or be anywhere is particular) You can use any number of mindfulness techniques, one of which I will be sharing with you in a moment.
Informal practice is your day to day life. When you are brushing you teeth, walking, driving, talking, working, eating, everything in fact, you get the drift! when you are in the shower are you listening to the sound of the water going down the plug hole or thinking about whatnot have to do that day? When brushing your teeth are you focused on the sensations of the bristles or worrying about what might happen? It is formal practice that hones your skills then you apply them through informal practice in your day to day life, are you with me?
OK so what to do first:
Start a regular routine to practice your formal mindfulness (you can get your free meditation below). For some people this is in the morning before they get out of bed, for others it is in the evening and for others it is on their lunch break. Then start to bring your mind back to the present moment throughout your day.
YOUR FREE BEYOND ANXIETY 20 MINUTE MEDITATION
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Wishing you a simply clear mind and life from Simply Clear Coaching.
Your Coach and NLP Trainer