Treating anxiety is not something many of us consider a small deal. It’s somehow wired into our brains that illnesses and medical problems that are visible from the outside are much less complicated than those which dwell inside the psyche of the human mind. We fear the things we don’t understand.
If we see someone with a broken arm, we automatically think how that kind of injury can be treated: we have to get the arm in one fixed position, we need to immobilize the bone and keep it in a certain position so it can heal, we have to move the injured part as little as possible during the healing process, and so on.
Most of us are quite confident in how to approach physical injuries, be it in ourselves or other people, but mental issues are a completely different topic. We have a fear of the unknown, and anxiety falls in this category. The mental realm of the human psyche is something we fear more than broken bones and scratches.
However, knowing first aid shouldn’t be restricted only to physical problems, but mental concerns as well. Knowing how to proceed in the event of excessive stress and anxiety is definitely something worth it in the long run, and meditation, with its link to calmness and peacefulness, seems like the perfect fit for this kind of thing.
But what’s the best way to direct your meditation towards getting rid of anxiety? What are the techniques that are best suited for relieving stress? And how is it possible to create a daily routine for meditation?
We hope to shed some light on these questions and show some simple ways on how to make your life a bit more stress-free with meditation and the right attitude towards it.
What is meditation?
First of all, we need to know what meditation really is. Many of us, when hearing the word meditation, picture a calm image of someone sitting next to a waterfall with his or her legs crossed and silently repeating the mantra “OM”.
While this image may not be far from the truth, there are many different kinds of meditation that doesn’t require such elaborate settings of posture and places. The key to meditation is training yourself to find inner peace. Sure, it’s much easier to do this outside in the forest instead of the office, but it’s nonetheless important to learn how to do it wherever you may be.
Meditation is a combination of breathing techniques, concentration and mind training that is meant to elevate the consciousness above a certain problem you’re contemplating about. These techniques have nothing to do with religious practices and are used by many CEOs worldwide in order to deal with the stress they encounter day to day.
What meditation technique is the best for anxiety?
Anxiety is the culmination of excessive stress and tension we receive throughout the day. In the modern age we live in, every second counts. We all have to be efficient and fast in order to make the most of our days.
Although we have all these gadgets and the technology we need to utilize the day to the fullest, we still lack time. There’s always too little time for everything we have and we want to do. Why is that?
The answer lies in the misconception that technology has given us the opportunity to make the most of our days. When, in reality, we’ve just cramped more obligations into the same time frame we always had. We don’t make every second count, we overload them, and what we get is not being able to appreciate the moment.
Here’s where mindfulness meditation comes into play. This meditation technique is exactly the type of relaxation you need in order to treat anxiety. It argues that we have to take the time to appreciate every moment of our life, whenever and wherever we can. Once we known the true nature of the moment we’re in, we’ll have a clearer understanding of what time is and how to use it in the best way possible.
Mindfulness meditation is practiced by paying attention to the present moment with the spirit of enquiry of someone who’s never experienced it before. You may have experienced this kind of meditation in the past spontaneously, when in the midst of a busy day you suddenly feel calm and relaxed. This type of meditation teaches you how to induce this feeling whenever you need it, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
How often do you have to meditate?
Meditation is not written in stone. There are no rules on how to engage in relaxing and meditating, but there proven methods that show better results than others.
Having a daily routine to practice meditation in is able to lower your stress levels considerably. The notion of meditation as being something that needs to be practiced on a mountain top or under a waterfall is nothing more than romanticizing the entire experience. Sure, it would definitely be better to meditate on top of a mountain instead of your office cubicle, but so would anything else.
The goal is not to escape physically, but mentally; and this is something you can do wherever you may be: in the office, at home, in a waiting room. As long as you can take a few minutes for yourself, you can meditate.
How to start?
First of all, think of something pleasant and get comfortable. Don’t worry if you’re not immediately able to feel comfortable; the body needs to get adjusted to meditation in the same way the mind does.
Next, start breathing at a steady pace. Your eyes don’t have to be closed, but it certainly helps. If you’re at work, keep them open, but concentrate on a certain point in the distance. Keep breathing and start appreciating the moment you’re in right now.
Keep in mind that, when meditating, you don’t have to contemplate about a particular issue, but some people may find it hard to think about nothing, so the key is to practice, practice, practice.