Everyone always seems to be in huge rush moving through life with no time to sit, think and listen to the world around them. This is definitely not a good way to live day to day as you become very absorbed with all the worries and anxieties of daily life, instead of being able to step back sometimes and appreciate the beautiful world we live in. Allowing yourself to take the time to be mindful and become aware of what is going on around you is always a fantastic way to ease those anxieties and stressors in your body. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated.
Meditation for anxiety
Modern life typically demands us to move at a fast pace and that is not something we can control. Many people can start to become overwhelmed with the stress and anxiety this can cause them and lead them down a path of searching for answers which are incorrect. This can be anything from alcohol to hard drugs so they can escape their world for just a split second. These are terribly addictive substances and are definitely not the answer when it comes to this topic.
One great way to relax and unwind after a long day is to practice mindful meditation. We are often so busy many of us will say “Oh I don’t have any time to sit and do nothing for 30 minutes”. However, by practicing meditation, you will allow yourself more focused time throughout the day as it calms the mind and gives you the ability to zone in on what actually is important in your day. This is something as simple as practicing breathing exercised and emptying the mind of all thoughts.
Creating a blank slate midday is a great way to reset and refocus the mind to give yourself a refreshing feeling. Meditation is a great way to help us understand our own mind and our own thoughts and exactly how we operate on a day to day basis. When you start to practice this, you will begin to understand the amazing ideas and benefits it will unlock for you, and how you will have much more in the tank on a daily basis just by taking 15 to 30 minutes a day to meditate.
It gives us the ability to take simple thoughts and transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful or even from unhappy to happy. Being able to overcome these thoughts daily is the purpose of taking this time to meditate and why it was initially created in the Buddhist tradition. This is a great practice and I highly recommend trying it out and seeing how you feel!
Using activity to overcome anxiety
Being very physically active myself, I know the exact types of benefits this can give someone dealing with stress and anxiety in their everyday life. When you get that time to do what you love, it’s like you’re in another world and not affected by anything going on in your daily life no matter how stressful it may be.
When you are able to compete in a sport or in the gym against the clock or the weights, you lose yourself in what you are doing. There is a certain type of focus required that makes you empty your mind of anything else and just focus on that moment and what you are doing. This, in essence, is forcing you to be mindful and it’s a very interesting feeling that you will see when you find your workout passion.
For some people, it may mean joining a team and having that focus, grit and determination to come out on top. Zoning in your mind on the game and wanting to win so bad you can’t think about anything else in that moment. It may be just general exercise in the gym and that’s perfectly fine too. It’s you vs your inner conscious sometimes telling you not to gym today because you’re tired or too busy, but you battle though your workout and feel like a champion coming out on the other side. Or finally, maybe it is an activity such as yoga, which incorporates mindful practices coupled with some tough exercises and poses that will force you to be focused and get in a great workout. Whatever activity you may come to find is the one for you will all have a great benefit in your life and help you release the tensions you are feeling from your everyday life.
Final thoughts on mindfulness
When you find your peaceful place in your mind, there is no other feeling like it. It’s a certain type of focus where your body feels completely in line with your mind and you are feeling, sensing and hearing everything around you but absorbing none of it. You are totally there but you are totally focused and free at the same time. It is such a crazy experience and when you find this mindfulness, you will know what I mean. I challenge you, the reader, to go out and try something new that will help you become more mindful. It takes practice, but when you find this place in your mind and body, it is totally worth it. So, how mindful will you be?