We all feel anxious sometimes. It’s natural. Yet for many, these feelings can all too easily get out of hand.
Anxiety disorders are very common in today’s fast-paced, stress-prone society. Such a disorder can completely take over your life.
Guided meditation is a great natural tool to help you learn how to calm and clear your mind. If you practice regularly over time you will learn how to remain in the present moment – quietly observing the contents of your mind, whilst remaining ‘detached’ from your thoughts. The art of being aware and able to focus solely on the present moment is often referred to as being ‘mindful’.
‘Mindfulness’ is one of the most effective natural methods via which it’s possible to eliminate – or at least significantly reduce – the stress levels experienced in day-to-day life. Mindfulness is also a great way to foster other positive personal changes, such as an increased ability to focus on life goals.
What Is Guided Meditation?
Defined as simply, ‘meditation with the help of a guide,’ guided meditation practice involves entering a meditative state by listening to either a person’s voice as they speak ‘live’ or – just as effectively – listening to a recording of a person’s voice. The voice ‘guides’ you through the meditation process, often using visualizations and perhaps background sounds or gentle music to help transport you in to a state of deep relaxation and inner stillness.
Using guided meditation for anxiety is useful for people who are new to meditation or for those who find it difficult to meditate on their own. During a guided meditation, you should feel the physical tension drain away out of your body. Simultaneously, your mind should become focused on the present moment; your breathing calmer and regulated.
What’s An Anxiety Disorder?
It’s normal to feel anxiety or worry sometimes. However in someone with an anxiety disorder, feelings and reactions associated with anxiety are magnified. Often, they are also chronic i.e. experienced every day. Anxiety disorders – including panic attacks – can be extremely debilitating and may worsen if left untreated. Anxiety disorders are very common in both men and women.
Benefits of Guided Meditation
- You will learn how to relax body and mind
- You will be taught how to breathe in a calm, effortless way
- You will become expert at calming your mind
- You will be able to gain control of your mind to purposefully slow down racing thoughts
- You will discover how to separate your inner self from your own thoughts and feelings
- You will develop, over time, the ability to use the calm meditative state achieved during meditation as a ‘reference point’ during your day to quickly quell any build-ups of tension.
Myths of Meditation Debunked
Meditation is no more, and no less than a method of mental training – it does not mean you have to possess any religious beliefs.
You do not have to pose like a Yogi master to successfully practice meditation. It may be practiced in any position that you find comfortable.
Meditation does not require a huge time commitment. Merely a few minutes on a regular basis is highly likely to be beneficial.
You should not concern yourself with the notions of ‘success’ or ‘failure’ when it comes to meditation. Even on those occasions when a meditative state is difficult to achieve, the practice is still beneficial as you learn what it is in your mind that is ‘blocking’ you.
Does Meditation Help Anxiety
In recent years, neuroscience has produced a wealth of evidence supporting the power of meditation, particularly when it comes to its ability to reduce anxiety.
One study, by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, found as many as 90% of anxiety sufferers should expect to notice a reduction in their anxiety symptoms, via ‘mindful meditation.’
So if you feel that the stress levels in your life have become unbearable, you may benefit from using guided meditation to effectively reduce your anxiety.