Today I am going to explain how meditation can help to relieve anxious thoughts.
If you suffer from depression and anxiety like I do, chances are you have tried everything under the sun to try and control your anxious thoughts.
When I first started experiencing the worst of my symptoms, I was in a state of panic a lot of the time. There wasn’t much that could calm me down because my brain was turning over anxious thoughts on turbo mode.
It didn’t take much to set me off, and when my brain went into overdrive, it was extremely difficult for me to calm down.
I’ve since used a mixture of medications and relaxation techniques to help control my symptoms.
My Psychologist was first to recommended that I give meditation a go.
At first, and to be totally honest – I thought it was a load of rubbish. How is focusing on my anxiety going to lessen my anxiety? It seemed counterintuitive.
As it would turn out, there is a very good and rather simple reason for this.
When we tune into how we are feeling and accept the feelings for what they are, our symptoms gradually reduce over time.
This is because we are learning to cope with the feelings associated with anxiety, instead of trying to block them out with fear which will only increase our anxious thoughts.
I tried a number of different apps, but one of my absolute favourites is the Calm app.
There are a variety of different meditation guides to suit almost any needs, but I primarily focused on the anxiety related ones.
Another amazing app is the Eka Meditation app. I really enjoy their Relief from Anxiety program – I strongly suggest you give it a try.
The main idea with meditation is to focus on the moment and your breath. Experience the moment, rather than questioning the future.
In doing so, we learn to ground ourselves and ultimately overcome the feelings associated with anxiety.
My main hurdle was taking medication. Everything that I took, I was terrified of. I thought I was experiencing all of the side effects listed on the brochure that comes with the medication.
I had to gradually teach myself not to google any health related symptoms, and just go off the advice given to me by my Doctors.
Meditation really helped me ground myself when I thought I was going to lose my mind.
If your anxiety or depression is getting in the way of your day to day activities, I strongly encourage you see a Doctor.
Getting professional help was one of the best decisions I have made.
Not only am I feeling a lot better than I was a month ago, I feel the best I have ever felt in my life.
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I hope you are well, and most importantly are staying safe.
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