Meditation Practices to Help Cope with Anxiety

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We all deal with varying levels of anxiety on a daily basis. Whether it comes from work, school, relationships, etc., it's important to not let the anxiety take over and start to bleed into all areas of your life. 

While there is no "cure" for anxiety, there are ways to improve it and make it less of a demon to deal with. Scientific studies have shown that meditation can significantly improve anxiety levels, but to a lot of people, meditation is daunting. It's hard to imagine yourself being able to completely escape from the running thoughts, but we're here to help you get there. 

If you are someone who struggles with anxiety, we have gathered some easy meditation tips to incorporate into your daily routine. 

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Start your morning with meditation. Before you dig in for breakfast, open your emails, or start scrolling through Instagram, set aside ten minutes to close your eyes and let your mind wake up with your body. Do it before any thoughts start to consume your brain.
Meditate outdoors when you can. Nature and fresh air do wonders for your mind. When you're surrounded by natural beauty, some of your anxious thoughts can seem more insignificant.
Imagine a sponge gently working away around your skull. Yeah, we know this sounds weird. But imagine the mantra or breath moves the sponge around, slowly wiping away thoughts. You might find the inside of your head broadens.
Practice gratitude. Get into the habit of saying "thank you" to yourself. Climb into bed and reflect for a few minutes on five things that pop into your mind that you're grateful for. And say thank you for them.
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Weekly Challenge

Take the above advice and try your hand a small meditations throughout the week. Even if it's only five minutes!

Final Thoughts

“The goal of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts or emotions. The goal is to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and learn how to move through them without getting stuck.”

-- Dr. P. Goldin


 

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