Can mindfulness help with anxiety? Timber Hawkeye bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp, shares his insights into dealing with anxiety.
He shares how being grateful is an effective way for people to heal themselves from the inside out. I myself have had some personal experience with anxiety and when I came across this video I did wonder can mindfulness help with anxiety and if meditation and being mindful could help to manage it without experiencing those frustrating feelings of panic.
The psychological effect of anxiety can be dealt with by being more mindful of being in the present and not thinking so much about the future or the things that you have to get finished. This can trigger an emotional response where you will feel all the effects of anxiety taking hold of you. The daily practice of meditation is a great method to focus your mind and emotions on the now which will really help.
The practice is about, not allowing your thoughts to control you, so it has nothing to do with controlling your thoughts but rather allowing your thoughts to happen and becoming more aware of what is happening inside of you.
A Shift from trying to control what is happening to allow whatever you are thinking to drift off into the distance by simply letting go of the thought and changing your thought to a new one more empowering one, is what will reduce and eliminate any and all feelings associated with having an anxiety attack.
Remember this key point. Whatever you are thinking about at the moment on having a panic attack, immediately stop thinking about it and reframe the thought by turning it into a positive thought. When you do that the feelings will subside. What you focus your thoughts on expands.
Mindfulness photo by Lesly Juarez