by Nicole Silverberg
Anxiety is one of those things that seems inexplicable at times, but the feelings can be very overwhelming. It always seems to come on right at the time where we need to be most attentive. We have all heard people say “just don’t worry about it”, “it’s not that big of a deal”, “just distract yourself”, “get over it”, and I am sure many other not so comforting statements come to mind. Unfortunately, the more attention we put on our anxiety, the bigger it gets until it reaches a point that feels so overwhelming that it just crashes onto us.
People respond to anxiety in two different ways: fight or flight. Our response is something within us used to protect us from what we see as a dangerous situation. The dangerous situation can vary from having a test that we feel unprepared for or a bear coming after us when we are camping. People experience anxiety in a variety of ways and there is an endless list of strategies that can help different people to best suit their needs. Mindfulness is where the mind, body, and soul are connected. It can also be used to help reduce anxiety and quiet the mind. Mindfulness can be acquired through different means: meditation, writing in a journal, breathing exercises, visualization, yoga, and other ways as well. The best part is that you can tailor it to meet your needs.
Meditation is a tool that can help people come to that place in their mind where they feel content and peaceful. It is especially useful in learning how to tune out some of those negative thoughts that can come along with anxiety. There are many different ways to meditate so just find the one that is the right fit for you. It can be done in as little amount of time as you wish. All you need to do is:
- Find a quiet place
- Close your eyes
- Breath in and out
- Focus on a mantra (word, phrase, whatever you would like it to be)
Now, go find your inner peace!