If you have recently been experiencing anxiety or depression, please know that you are not alone! Thousands of people are diagnosed with these illnesses on a daily basis, and while there are dozens of medications available to help you, sometimes they can do more harm than good or they do not work as well as they should. That is why I always tell people, like yourself, that they should also include meditation in with their treatment program.
It is important to note that what works for one person may not work for you, but if you try a number of different tools, you can and will find exactly what you need to keep your anxiety and depression at bay.
There are so many benefits when it comes to meditating and you may find that it helps you in more ways than you thought possible. As you sit down and focus on your breathing, your stress levels will instantly decrease. Those lower stress levels will have you feeling less overwhelmed than you may have been if you didn’t take a break for a few minutes.
You will also feel happier and less anxious, as well as capable of seeing things clearly for the first time in a long time. The peaceful feeling that comes with less anxiety will allow you to stay in the present, instead of focusing on the past or the future.
It is easy to wonder how stopping to meditate for a few minutes can help you discover all of these qualities in yourself, but trust me when I say that it is completely possible. You are not going to see these results right away, nor will you be capable of sitting for long lengths of time when you begin meditating. After all, it takes time to get used to sitting and not thinking of anything but your breathing!
I have discovered a few tips that I would like to share with you, as you are beginning your meditating journey. I have found that these tips have helped many others become pros at meditating, so I know that they will help you as well!
First, do not berate yourself if you happen to find that your mind is wandering when you begin to meditate. This is normal and happens to everyone when they first start! I recommend that you meditate at the same time each day because it will allow you to create a routine that is easier to follow. Now, this doesn’t mean that you cannot meditate at other times, especially when you feel like you are getting a little more anxious or out of sorts, but it will create a type of schedule that can get you started on your way to recovery.
Once you find a good spot for meditating, you need to sit down in a comfortable position and simply start focusing on your breath. If you haven’t done this before, you may want to try one of the numerous guided meditation apps that are available. You may need to listen to a couple of different ones before you find the one that will work best for your needs, so please do not give up if the first one doesn’t match your needs.
I have experienced first hand the benefits of meditation in my own life and in my client’s lives that have a regular meditation practice. This is why I included meditation and other brain training into my online Conscious Movement Course.
My goal is to help people stay connected to their bodies and experience a calm strong center. The Conscious Movement Course provides a structure to heal through exploring movement, meditation with the use of many powerful tools. I hope to be able to support you on your journey to being well. 🙂