I want to introduce you to some other daily practices to help you continue to re-train your brain so that the calm, powerful, REAL you is in control of your thoughts, not the reverse.
And so to answer the question "Will mindfulness help my anxiety?" - here are 3 tools that you can use – try any or all of them in whatever order you see fit!
The most simple and accessible of all 3 of today’s tools, the mindful drinking of your daily cup of coffee or tea or fruit smoothie or simply water is an opportunity to pull yourself out of your brain, and into your being.
Firstly, once you have your drink in front of you, take a long, mindful breath in before beginning the process:
Any old cup or mug or bottle will do for this exercise, but if you feel like you’d appreciate extra guidance in the process, or a reminder to do this EVERY time you enjoy a hot or cold beverage, try using one of our Mindfulness Mugs™.
The first is what I call the “2 Minute Chill”, and is essentially an extension of the Mindful Breathing exercise we learned on Day 1.
It is essentially a mini-meditation, where we focus on conscious breathing, as well as the feelings in our body, to strengthen your ability to create that gap between your thoughts and the calm, powerful, REAL you.
Simply find a quiet spot, and listen to the following audio below:
And when I say a quiet spot, this could be as simple as putting your headphones in and closing your eyes whilst travelling on a bus or train, or on a plane, or at your desk, or (dare I say it) whilst using the restroom.
Whatever you need to do to get some space and a short amount of time to yourself to listen mindfully for a couple minutes.
OK – this one is soooooo easy – all you need to do is get up and start walking.
But here’s the difference – I want you to focus on really feeling the movement of your body whilst you’re walking:
Do this for as long as you want to. Breathe consciously whilst you’re doing so.
And the more you do them, the stronger your ability will be to create space between anxiety-inducing thoughts and the calm, powerful, REAL you that resides behind, observing everything through the lens of detachment.
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