Don’t you hate it when something worries you and you just can not stop thinking about it?! The worrying though interrupts everything that you do. You can’t get on with anything without it cropping up. Even if you are trying to relax and enjoy yourself it won’t leave you alone
Try as you might the anxious thought just comes back time and time again and you get more and more frustrated, and then it gets worse.
Well rather than turning into a wound up ball of tension try some mindfulness. It really could give you just the relief you need.
When your mind is hectic and full of worry don’t try and sit for too long. Little and often is better. Set a timer for 5 minutes.
Keep the meditation really simple when you have an anxious mind otherwise you are likely to start worrying about whether you are doing the exercise right!
Sit up in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor, close your eyes.
Take a few deep breaths and then let the breathing return to normal.
Now focus on your breath but just notice how it is rather than seeking to change it.
Imagine yourself, as though you are looking at yourself in a mirror.
With each out breath picture a bright ray of sunlight shining down on you giving you a sensation of calm.
With each in breath suck away any tension and worry.
Repeat until your timer goes off.
At first you might think that sucking in the tension and the worry is wrong. Don’t worry you aren’t reading it wrong! This exercise works so well because rather than resisting the tension and seeking to push it away we are accepting it and then replacing it with lovely sunlight and calm.
If your mind keeps wandering during the exercise know that this is completely normal. Simply bring your attention back to the exercise each time this happens. Be pleased that you are training your brain to focus at the same time.
Come on a Revitalise Day to learn other great techniques to help you when you need more calm and clarity in your life.