3 Ways Scripting Can Help Free You From Anxiety

3 Ways Scripting Can Help Free You From Anxiety

As you may already know, journaling is one of the most powerful ways to both understand our anxiety and release ourselves from it. While I’ve experimented, and continue to experiment, with different journaling processes (because I just find it fun!), scripting is without a doubt one of my favourites.

So, what exactly is “Scripting”?

The process of Scripting is all about the imagination something that most of us haven’t exercised since childhood. In Scripting, we essentially pretend that we are magical writers, and anything that we write down comes into fruition exactly how we’ve written it. It’s a process that’s meant to get your creative juices flowing about specific situations in your life that you’d like to see become a reality. Your only job in this writing process, then, is to describe exactly what you want in great detail.

In this process, it’s important to note that we should write in either the present tense (which I highly recommend) or in the past tense, but never in the future tense. The reason for this is very simple: We want to get used to feeling present and believing that new realities are possible for us now ― not in the long-awaited realm of “someday”. We want to feel and know that we can absolutely live realities that are free of anxious and doubtful thoughts. When we suffer with a never-ending laundry list of anxious thoughts, it’s because we’re stuck in the past or the future. We’re overanalyzing and picking apart our past words or actions, and we’re stressed out about how we’re going to achieve and fulfill all the goals, dreams, and responsibilities we foresee in our future. With Scripting, we get present in the ‘now’ now.

 

Here are 3 ways Scripting can help free you from anxiety:

 

1. Scripting Gives You Greater Clarity On What You Want

 

When it really comes down to it, most of us have absolutely no clue what we truly want. For most of my life, I thought I had this life thing all figured out. Study hard, get into a good university, graduate, start my career, become successful, and eventually fall in love and start a family. Well, that’s all good and dandy, but life usually isn’t so linear and clear-cut. There are many hurdles that we must overcome throughout our journeys on this earth, and many of us have no idea how to deal with these hurdles in a healthy way. Instead, we let them confuse us and convince us that there must be something wrong with us if we’re not getting to wherever we think we’re supposed to be. This deep-seeded emotion of lack then transpires into feelings of unworthiness, which manifests in us as low self-esteem, anxiety, and illness ― physically, emotionally, and mentally.

The craziest part of it all is that we often don’t even have clarity about what it is that we’re trying to attain! As I look back on the blueprint of my life that I previously described, I realize now that it was always far too vague. Even just within the words “be successful” themselves, there is a lot of room for interpretation. Being successful looks very different depending on who you are. What “success” is to me, might look like hell to you and vice versa. While we as humans all share certain commonalities in life ― i.e. we want to be loved, we want to contribute, we want to feel understood ― we all have unique views on what a ‘good’ life looks like.

So, this, therefore, is the first thing Scripting will help you get oh-so-very clear on: What in the world do you really want? Not what do your parents want, not what your best friend wants, not what your coworkers want. No, what do you want? This is truly where and when you need to give yourself permission to have fun and get really creative here (because you are, in fact, the magical creator of your own life even if you don’t yet believe it). Script out any situation or experience with precise details that you would love to occur in your life, and write it out as if it were happening right now in this very moment. Include who is there (yes, you must be there of course!), where you are, what you see, what you smell, what you hear, and so on. The more detail the better, because the more specific you get, the more clarity you’ll gain.

Don’t get overwhelmed with this. Remember ― Scripting is supposed to be fun. Enjoy exercising your imagination and don’t overthink it. Realizing what you truly want may take some time, because you’re likely very used to absorbing the thoughts and opinions of others instead of going within. Scripting is about getting to know yourself and your true desires hidden within you. Enjoy exploring the inner depths of your heart’s desires!

 

2. Scripting Teaches You To Focus On The Right Things

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Where focus goes, energy flows. This, in essence, means that whatever you’re constantly thinking about and directing your attention towards, will continue to grow and become greater. If this doesn’t seem to ring true for you just yet, just try to recall a time when you started to think about something you were anxiously awaiting. Let’s say you had an upcoming interview for a new job, for example. You may have thought about the time you should arrive for the interview, and then started to worry about what would happen if you got stuck in traffic. You may have thought about what questions the interviewer may ask you, which may have led to you becoming self-conscious about how to answer accordingly. It’s very likely that if you continued to think about this upcoming experience in a very negative light, pondering all the things that could go wrong, many of them likely did go wrong. I’ve seen this manifest in my life, and I’m sure you have as well in one way or another.

In this same way, when you direct your focus on what could go right, many things start to ― well ― go right. At the most basic level, you are energy. You are made of the same energy that the sun exudes to keep every living being on this planet alive. I mean, that’s pretty cool when you think about it, isn’t it? That’s got to make you feel even a little bit powerful, right? Well, whether it does or it doesn’t, this fact is true! And because it’s true, that means that where you direct your energy is very important. In fact, where you direct your focus needs to be something that you progressively become more conscious and aware of each and every day. Your focused energy is, in reality, far more powerful than you’ve likely realized throughout your entire life thus far. The unfortunate part of that is that you’ve spent a great deal of your time and energy focused upon what you don’t want, which has undoubtedly manifested in your life as high levels of anxiety and maybe even depression. The great part about it is that you now know how powerful your focused energy is, so you can redirect it towards what you do want, and, in turn, start manifesting incredible thoughts, experiences, and people into your life today.

As it turns out, writing is one of our most powerful points of focus, so when we script out scenarios ― whether it be an upcoming interview that we want to go smoothly, or a big life event like buying our first home ― and project large amounts of energy towards it while truly feeling ourselves in these scenarios, we are creating an internal habit of focusing on what we do want instead of what we don’t want. If we create a habit of focusing on what we do want to transpire externally and internally, we automatically eliminate the downward spiral of negative self-talk that creates so much anxiety within us. What you focus on matters, so daily scripting is a sure way to get you focusing on anything and everything you want to feel, believe, and experience in your life.

 

3. Scripting Can Literally Shape Your Reality

 

I recently read about a study conducted by Dr. Denis Waitley that was instituted during the 1980s and ’90s Olympics called Visual Motor Rehearsal. They took Olympic athletes and had them run their event only in their mind, and hooked them up to biofeedback equipment. The exact same muscles fired in the same sequence when they were only running the race in their mind as when they were running it on the track. How was this possible? Well, they discovered that the mind cannot distinguish between whether you’re actually doing something or whether you’re thinking about it and visualizing it in your mind. To your mind, both are equally real ― they are both reality. Pretty cool, right? So what does this mean for non-Olympic athletes? People just like you and me? It means that if we’ve been there in our minds, we can go there in the body. Whatever our minds can conceive, we can achieve, by harnessing the power of our minds.

Scripting isn’t just about writing a scenario down on a piece of paper, and creating the characters and the plot. It’s about imagining, or visualizing, something in your mind’s eye that you truly want to become real in your life ― even if that something is as simple as, “I wake up in my warm bed and see the sun shining through my window. I’m in a great mood, feeling light and cheerful.” What’s more, Scripting is about indulging in and actually feeling all the emotions you would feel if that something really was occuring in your life now. When you let go of any doubt or limiting beliefs surrounding whatever it is you want to happen in your life, it will get easier day by day to think about and feel the words you script in your journal. Your brain, in turn, will literally begin to take these thoughts attached to their corresponding feel-good emotions as reality. Instead of having a mind that constantly leans towards, “This isn’t possible for me” or “I could never do that”, you’ll use your mind to create a virtual reality for yourself that’s inspiring, exciting, and hopeful.

Most importantly, this virtual reality can and will transpire into real concrete beliefs, circumstances, and events if you choose to believe so and take actions towards achieving them in your daily life.

 

 

For all these reasons and more, Scripting has been one of the most influential writing processes on my life today. Sometimes I write new scripts, and sometimes I simply read the scripts I’ve already written and indulge in the deliciousness of feeling these experiences through. Just remember that this writing process, like anything else I’ve told you about, needs to become a habit. We become what we do habitually ― whether it’s what we think, feel, say, or write. Make the choice to become only your most empowering thoughts, emotions, and words so that you can free yourself from anxiety for good and live your best life!

50 Things To Be Grateful For Today: Reprogramming The Anxious Mind With Gratitude Journaling

50 Things To Be Grateful For Today: Reprogramming The Anxious Mind With Gratitude Journaling

What Can Gratitude Do For the Anxious Mind?

 

It’s likely that you’ve been told by someone in one way or another to be more grateful. While growing up, this may have even been something that you constantly heard from your mom or dad whenever a World Vision commercial came on the T.V. For much our lives, and in particular, if our pessimism and anxiety begins to become obvious to the outside world we’re reminded to be appreciative for what we have since someone somewhere is hoping for the very things we’re taking for granted.

While this is true and it’s certainly good to be aware and conscious of the fact that many people in the world lack what we have, it doesn’t necessarily make us feel any better when we’re in an extremely negative rut. This truthful but often forced way of thinking about gratitude usually isn’t very helpful and doesn’t support the long term benefits that authentic gratitude something that is felt with the heart, not something that is simply known by the mind has the power to create. Gratitude, when practiced correctly, has the ability to completely transform not only our lives for the better, but everyone’s life we touch as well.

Here’s why: Gratitude makes us focus on and observe things around us that we perceive as positive, instead of the things that are negative. When we are in a state of anxiousness and worry, we’re either focusing on what went wrong, what’s immediately going wrong, or what could go wrong. As anxiety sufferers, we think about the negative feelings and thoughts of our past, present, and future over and over again, often while completely neglecting all the beauty and wonder that has existed, currently exists, and will exist in our lives. These negative thought patterns that lead us to be overcome with anxiety can sometimes seem like they’re completely out of our control. There’s a good reason for that. Simply put, you’ve made negative thinking your default neural pathway in your brain. In the past, every time a negative thought came into your mind, you thought of more negative thoughts thereafter; and every time your brain recognized that you used this negative neural pathway, it confirmed that this was the neural pathway it should continue to use.

This is good and bad news. Bad news because it means you’ve played a large role in creating your oh-so very anxious mind, but good news because this means you have the ability to create the exact opposite kind of mind ― one that is cool, calm, collected, and of course, grateful. Just as you’ve created a default neural pathway in your brain that seeks and always finds something to be fearful, worried or anxious about, you can reprogram your brain to use a new default neural pathway that seeks and always finds something to be grateful for. Neurons that fire together wire together, meaning that with consistent practice, you can become ‘good’ at gratitude.

By making the conscious choice today to focus on thoughts and feelings of gratefulness, you will create a long-term, permanent, and positive thinking pattern that will eventually be your habitual way of thinking.

In the beginning, it will be hard for your anxious mind to give in to more pleasant, positive thoughts because it’s simply not used to them. Nonetheless, there are many techniques you can do such as Gratitude Journaling that can speed up the process and get you feeling happier, healthier, and more positive by the today. Like anything worth achieving, gratitude takes practice, so the more you do it ― or should I say feel it ― the easier it will become. Why? Because feelings of gratitude directly activate regions of the brain associated with the neurotransmitter Dopamine, also known as the “Reward Neurotransmitter”. Put simply, Dopamine feels good to us so when our brain realizes that thinking about things to be grateful for releases Dopamine in our bodies, our brain will look for more things to be grateful for. In turn, you begin to see the world from an entirely new and more beautiful perspective, allowing you to create a new reality for yourself and those around you.

 

How To Use Journaling To Reprogram Your Brain For Gratitude

 

Every single morning, even before you check your phone or start to get ready for work, write down 3 things in your journal that you’re grateful for. Just 3 things! They don’t even need to be big things. All that matters here is that they make you feel gratitude and appreciation.

When you’re first starting, it may be difficult to feel the emotions of gratitude, so it can help to expand on why you’re grateful for these particular things. For example, if you wrote down that you’re grateful for your mother, it may help to write down why she’s such a special person in your life. What kind of person is she? What does she do that makes you feel loved? Is there a specific piece of advice or wisdom that she’s given you that has really impacted you? Don’t be afraid to really dig deep into the ‘why’ behind these 3 things you’ve chosen to write down because, again, it’s all about the feeling behind the intention.

 

Can’t think of anything to write about?

 

Here are 50 things to be grateful for today, so you can get feeling healthier, happier, and more excited about tomorrow:

 

  1. Planet Earth and its perfect proximity to the sun and other planets
  2. The maintenance of our bodies that we don’t even need to think about
  3. The variety and spice of life
  4. The fact that we’re the creators of our own lives through our emotions, thoughts, and actions
  5. Our families, whether they be related by blood or not
  6. Friends that we currently have and will have in the future
  7. Parents and guardians who did their best, and are still some of the best people we know today
  8. Significant others who we miraculously met in the right place at the right time
  9. Our universal connection to each other and all life forms in animals and plants
  10. The internet and its ability to interconnect humanity in ways never before seen
  11. The fact that we’re all so uniquely different, yet so much alike
  12. The option to travel the world and experience new places
  13. All the things that happen that we don’t even have to think about such as the sunrise, our heartbeats, and the earth’s position in the solar system
  14. Society’s inherent need and yearning to look out for one another
  15. Breathtaking architecture around the world
  16. All inventions that are benefiting our lives
  17. Transportation ― boats, planes, cars, etc.
  18. Electronic devices that help us communicate
  19. Old, charming libraries full of books just waiting to be read
  20. Enjoying the holiday seasons with our loved ones
  21. People that pick up garbage off the street
  22. All the medicine that helps humankind
  23. Electricity
  24. Soft, fuzzy pajamas
  25. Laughter and smiling
  26. The evidence that you can turn your health around for the better
  27. Delicious, colourful vegetables and fruits that nourish our bodies
  28. Fashion that allows us to express ourselves
  29. Chocolate
  30. Guacamole
  31. A really good cup of coffee or tea
  32. The people who created this laptop I’m writing this to you on
  33. Friday nights in watching Netflix
  34. Scented candles and essential oils
  35. Mother Nature’s unwavering will to live even in the toughest, harshest conditions
  36. Freedom of speech
  37. Waking up this morning
  38. Red roses
  39. Mountains
  40. Our eyesight so we can view this planet’s breathtaking beauty
  41. Kittens and puppies
  42. Waking up to find our pets cozily sleeping by our feet
  43. Our minds so we can think, remember, and solve problems
  44. Diversity ― the world would be boring without it
  45. The moon and stars that leave us awestruck and encourage us to dream
  46. The last slice of pizza
  47. Our ability to keep learning which demonstrates our endless potential
  48. People who are willing to teach others using their time, skills, and talents
  49. The oceans full of creatures almost too mystical to be real
  50. Artwork like music and paintings that bring out new emotions and allows us to express ourselves
5 Floral Essential Oils To Help Relieve Anxiety

5 Floral Essential Oils To Help Relieve Anxiety

It’s no secret that the healing properties of flowers have long been used by humans to support physical and mental well-being. For thousands of years, various civilizations throughout history such as the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks harnessed the power of flowers in their foods, beauty regimens, and medicinal remedies. So, although the healing properties of flowering plants have been long forgotten by much of the greater Western world since the rise of conventional medicine, it’s time for us, as a collective, to return to this ancient knowledge so that we can rediscover holistic healing practices that are effective, permanent, and most importantly safe.

With over 260 million people worldwide living with an anxiety disorder a preventable and curable mental illness let’s examine 5 floral scented essential oils that can dramatically help anxiety sufferers not only relieve their anxiety, but help cure it through consistent, regular use.

 

1. Lavender

 

Lavender is the most popular essential oil when it comes to treating anxiety, and for good reason. Its soothing, clean, and pleasant aroma has long been known to induce feelings of relaxation, calmness, and inner peace ― which is particularly helpful to people experiencing unanticipated panic and anxiety attacks.

In a study conducted by Phytomedicine, the effects of lavender essential oil on the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder were proven to be equal to those of the prescription drug Lorazepam. Perhaps even more astounding about the results of this study was that while lavender essential oil was just as potent in combating overwhelming feelings of anxiety as Lorazepam, it lacked the harmful side effects of the over-the-counter drug such as sedation and long-term dependence.

 

2. Ylang Ylang

 

When we’re feeling anxious, our heart rates tend to quickly increase and our blood pressure rises leading to heart agitation and nervous palpitations. In a study on the effects of Ylang Ylang on the heart rate and blood pressure of healthy men, this essential oil was shown to dramatically help slow down a racing heart and, in turn, lower blood pressure.

Ylang Ylang eases feelings of fear, uneasiness, and negativity, and its romantic, floral scent has been proven time and time again to promote a more optimistic, uplifted, and cheerful overall mood in its benefactors.

 

3. Chamomile

 

Chamomile tea has long been a favourite herbal bedtime tea due to its gentle, calming, and peaceful scent. Likewise, chamomile essential oil can help calm a busy mind, promote inner harmony, and reduce feelings of irritability, stress, and anxiety.

In a 2012 study conducted by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, chamomile was not only found to decrease general feelings of anxiousness and worry, but also demonstrated clinically significant antidepressant activity as well. For this reason, chamomile essential oil may be exceptionally helpful to anxiety sufferers at risk of developing depression.

 

4. Jasmine

 

Jasmine essential oil’s rich, sweet, and exotic scent has been used for centuries to treat anxiety and insomnia. Recent research has even suggested that the smell of Jasmine is just as effective as Valium at overcoming feelings of stress and calming nerves, once again proving that many all-natural, holistic remedies are not only safer than conventional medicines, but equally as powerful.

What’s more, Jasmine has also been linked to relieving depression due its ability to induce emotions of happiness, joy, and confidence. Since low self-esteem and intense feelings of self-consciousness are often a byproduct of anxiety, Jasmine is a good choice for anxiety sufferers looking to develop more self-love and belief in oneself.

 

5. Palmarosa

 

While palmarosa essential oil is not as widely known as the previously discussed essential oils, it is certainly worth mentioning. Palmarosa has a floral, rose-like scent accompanied by citrus and earthy undertones, which is why it may surprise you that the palmarosa plant is, in fact, not even a flower but a type of grass.

Originating in southeast Asia, palmarosa has long been used to treat stress-related problems, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, and skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Palmarosa essential oil helps promote emotions of calmness and relaxation, while also supporting an uplifted, positive, and invigorated spirit. Modern research has even found that aromatherapy with palmarosa has beneficial effects in treating neuralgia, epileptic conditions, and anorexia.

3 Reasons You Need To Meditate If You’re Suffering With Anxiety

3 Reasons You Need To Meditate If You’re Suffering With Anxiety

Living with anxiety isn’t easy. Regardless of which type of anxiety you suffer from whether it’s Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or OCD ― it can be incredibly exhausting and frustrating to be overtaken by fear each and every day. I personally know this to be true, because I’ve been living with high-functioning Social Anxiety Disorder for ― oh ― practically my entire life. Ever since I can remember, I’d get extremely self-conscious and nervous whenever heading to a social event, especially when I knew there would be people there that I didn’t know. It’s always the same thing: “They’re going to think I’m super weird if I’m too quiet”, “Am I standing awkwardly?”, or, my personal favourite “Did they take what I said the wrong way? Damn it, why did I have to say that!? Great, now they hate me.” And by favourite I mean the question and resulting conclusion that I must have run through my mind over 1,000 times throughout my life.

Even though these were the constant records playing in my mind during most social interactions, I kept it a secret pretty well. I can guarantee that if most of my close friends and even family members were to read this, they’d be very surprised to find that I have anxiety at all. If I knew one thing it was that I wasn’t about to be labeled ‘crazy’ or ‘weird’ by other people (Heck, that was my job and my job alone). Yep, I had a fairly firm grip on the whole anxiety thing until about a year ago. About 4 months before I hit rock bottom, I’d quit my teaching job, jumped head first into online business, and slowly but surely saw myself becoming more and more anxious by the day. By April 2017, I was such a Negative Nancy that I couldn’t even stand myself and my self-deprecating thoughts. Even for me, I knew my levels of anxiety were ridiculously high and that if I didn’t do something to help it, I could be suffering an anxiety attack very soon.

As it turns out, I wasn’t alone. Approximately 18% of the U.S. population is currently suffering from an anxiety disorder ― that’s over 40 million people. That’s a lot of people! So, firstly, let me say that if you’re reading this right now and you have an anxiety disorder, you’re not weird, abnormal, or crazy. More importantly, I’m here to tell you that there are natural, safe, and holistic cures for anxiety even though you may not believe it right now. Over the past six months, I’ve personally implemented various different holistic approaches to reducing my anxiety, and even though I was extremely skeptical at first, I can tell you that they’ve all completely changed my life for the better. Your anxiety can be cured, and your solution doesn’t need to come in a prescription bottle ― I promise. Your solutions can come in the form of simple, daily practices that over time will completely reshape the way you think, feel, and behave, resulting in a happier, healthier you that lives up your true potential.

Meditation is one of those life-changing, miraculous, holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-I-was-living-without-this kinda things. I know the idea of calming the mind for someone with anxiety is enough to ― well ― give you more anxiety. But I swear, if I can do it, you can do it. It just takes time, consistency, and dedication. Hear me out:

 

Here are 3 reasons you need to meditate if you’re suffering with anxiety:

 

1. Meditation can introduce you to your ‘Monkey Mind’

 

Every single human being on this planet experiences feelings of anxiousness, worry and doubt. Therefore, all an anxiety disorder really is is higher than usual thoughts and feelings of anxiousness, worry and doubt. In other words, us people with anxiety disorders are just a tad bit irrational about our fears, and our perception of risk when assessing certain situations or circumstances is much higher than it really needs to be.

So, why is that? Well, the human mind is a funny thing. Actually, he’s kind of a jerk sometimes. Here’s the thing: We all have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. While we may think our conscious mind is in control of most of our thoughts, feelings, and actions, that’s actually far from true. Our conscious mind ― the one responsible for anything in our awareness such as thinking, planning, and interpreting data we receive from the outside world via our five senses ― actually only accounts for about 10% of our brain activity. Our subconscious, on the other hand, is responsible for 90% and this is where all of your values, beliefs, fears, long-term memories, habits and addictions are formed.

Unbeknownst to us, most of our irrational fears and, in turn, the root of our anxiety come from beliefs, memories, and doubts that have been lodged in the back of our subscious minds since childhood. As children, we soaked up an immense amount of information very quickly from our parents, teachers, friends, and overall surrounding environments, and since we didn’t live in a perfect world, it didn’t take much for a few pieces of data that we soaked up to get corrupted. Much of the time, these corrupted pieces of data or negative nuances pop up later in life, often catching us completely by surprise.

Many schools of thought call the subconscious our ‘Monkey Mind’, because it’s the part of us that’s always causing chaos within our heads. It’s the part of us that will wreak havoc on our lives unless we give it a banana. While your ‘Monkey Mind’ may seem like a jerk who’s trying to sabotage you for greedy, self-indulgent reasons, it’s actually trying to protect you from harm’s way. The reasons are noble, but the course action? Not so much.

Sitting in a state of mindful meditation ― which simply means being in the ‘now’ ― will allow you to introduce yourself to your ‘Monkey Mind’. I know what you’re thinking: “I’ll never be able to just think about the ‘now’. I’ll have so many thoughts whirling through my mind.” Yes. Yes, you will and that’s completely normal. In fact, that’s the entire point. Being able to slow down your thoughts and calm your mind takes time and practice, so don’t expect it to happen on the first, second, third or even fourth try. Be patient and don’t give up. The entire point of meditating to meet your ‘Monkey Mind’ is so that you can face exactly what it’s trying to tell you and, more importantly, learn why it’s telling you that. What experiences in your past may be causing this belief? Why might your ‘Monkey Mind’ be trying to protect you from public speaking, driving, or getting close to people?

 

2. Meditation can help you develop more compassion and empathy towards yourself and others

 

It’s true that everyone can be a little hard on themselves sometimes, but if you’re suffering with an anxiety disorder, it’s likely that you’re your own worst critic. A really harsh, mean, and abusive critic, actually. I have, and continue, to struggle with being exceptionally hard on myself up until this day, as do millions of other people around the world. What’s interesting, however, is that while we’re awfully cynical towards ourselves, this usually isn’t the case when it comes to other people. In fact, when it comes to how to we treat the people around us, we’re often worried if we’ve shown too little compassion, empathy and love towards them. While it’s a beautiful thing to care for others, it’s not a virtue to deprive yourself of the same love, compassion, and affection that you demonstrate to them. You deserve ― heck, you need ― to learn to how to cut yourself a break sometimes.

So, here’s how meditation can help you with that. As I previously said, you’re going to have a lot of thoughts running through your mind when you first start meditating, and these thoughts are going to be thrown around by your Monkey Mind. Often times, when people ― myself included ― realize the giant mess our subconscious is making, we want to ignore, neglect, and banish it. Coming from experience, however, I can tell you that the more you try to resist the thoughts popping in your head, the more they’ll keep popping in. Instead of looking at your Monkey Mind like a mischievous nuisance then, think of it as your inner child ― your confused, innocent inner child. If you were to encounter the 7 year old you on the street and they told you they felt like something bad was going to happen to them, how would you respond? Would you tell them to shut up and get over it? Move along and just ignore them? Or, would you grab them by the hand, listen to them, and try to console them?

In this way, you can begin to allow your negative biases to come in and out of your mind without judgment or critique. Hear out your inner child, and finally start to show some compassion and empathy towards their feelings even though they might be completely irrational and unreasonable. All everyone ever wants is to be understood ― including you. So, try to understand your inner child so you can both heal, and move onto the wonderful things that life has in store for you. Not only will meditation allow you to develop a healthier sense of self-love and self-esteem, but it will teach you to become more forgiving, accepting, and kind to those around you who need it most.

 

3. Meditation sets the tone for the rest of your day

 

Most people, especially those with anxiety, don’t realize how important it is to start your day on the right foot. In the modern day, it’s normal to hear your alarm go off in the morning, grab your phone, and begin responding to text messages, emails, or even just browse social media aimlessly. I realize that anxiety sufferers tend to have an urgency to want to ‘get things done’ because we’re constantly worrying about how we’re going to juggle it all. I get it ― life can get overwhelming with work, school, relationships, and so on, but this, my friends, is setting yourself up for failure. There’s nothing that an already overly reactive mind needs less of than more things to react to within the first 10-20 minutes of waking up. If you start your day by reacting to other people’s needs before your own, you’re not prioritizing your mental or physical health.

Let’s put it this way, you’re someone who has an above average amount of thoughts and worries running through your mind every day, and up to this point, you haven’t really found a way to slow them down or deal with them. Essentially, you’ve got landfills piling up to your hairline with worries, doubts, and fears filling up every nook and cranny. You need to deal with them ― everyday, before anything else gets done. All you need to do is dedicate 10 minutes every morning to meditation. Aha ― and before you even start thinking that “you don’t have time”, I want to tell you that you, in fact, do have time. Everyone has 10 minutes, because ― let’s face it ― if you don’t have 10 minutes, then you don’t have a life.

Numerous studies on the power of meditation on the anxious mind have shown that just a measly 10-20 minutes of meditation per day can have a profound effect on your mental and physical well-being, providing you with more energy, focus, productivity, and just plain positive vibes for the rest of your day. What’s more, you can begin to reap the benefits of a calmer, clearer, and healthier mind within just a few short days. Personally, I noticed a noticeable difference in my ability to manage my anxiety within about a week or two. You can imagine, then, what kind of positive effects you could experience in a matter of months if you consistently dedicated the first few minutes of your day to your health and wellbeing. Magic, baby!

 

So, there you have it ― the top 3 reasons you need to meditate if you’re suffering from anxiety. While I may not be a medical doctor or a certified therapist, I can tell you from the first-hand experience of actually implementing meditation into my daily routine, that I’m a healthier, more confident, and peaceful person in every way possible. All you truly need to get started meditating is a willing, dedicated heart and mind. That’s it. It’s really very simple: Make the decision that today is the beginning of a new chapter in your life ― a chapter where you take back your power from your anxiety disorder and take control of your life one day at a time.

Everything you need to beat your anxiety is already within you. You’ve got this!