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Not only is anxiety painful enough, but we often get hit with a second round of self-critical thoughts.
If your judgments make you more anxious, see if you can interrupt your self-critic by dropping into your heart and saying, “May I learn to be kinder to myself.”
In moments of moderate to intense anxiety, the 3×3 practice can come in handy.
Drop into 3 of your senses and name 3 things that you notice about them: the things you’re seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, or hearing. This can help interrupt the automatic catastrophic thinking that’s fuelling the anxiety.
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Our anxiety is trying to help us. Our body is trying to tell us it has new needs.
Meditation as a practice is useful to tune into awareness and to calm your nervous system.
To start, take a minute or two to pay attention to where your mind wanders. When you're able to begin noticing problematic situations through the practice of awareness, you can stop doing them.
It often arise from something beyond our control, whether a breakup or loss of someone dear. We can even feel anxiety when trying something new.
We tend to desire a quick-fix for problems, but when dealing with anxiety, it's better to think of it as a practice where you build muscles.
Take a familiar object from your home and examine it as if you’ve never seen it before.
Is there something you’d forgotten or never noticed before, or is your experience or reaction altere...
Take your attention in turn to three everyday objects in your environment that you can hear, smell, or taste (for example, the ticking of a clock, a flower, a piece of fruit).
Let go of expectations, and instead allow your senses to lead you into the direct experience of hearing, smelling, or tasting itself.