Meditation & Anxiety
Using meditation to lessen anxiety symptoms.
Anxiety Affects 28 Million US Women
Which is equal to the entire population of Texas!
1 in 5 Americans suffers from some form of anxiety.
74 million people living in the US suffer from some form of Anxiety.
1 in 5 Americans will suffer from Anxiety at one time in their lives. The average age of onset is 19 years of age. A whopping 67% will not seek any kind of treatment for their anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most treatable mental illnesses there is.
People suffering from anxiety are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
Clinical trials have shown that meditation can improve
the symptoms of anxiety.
The Effect Of Meditation On The Brain
Researchers have found that even a single session of mindfulness meditation can result in reduced anxiety. For the study, researchers focused on the effect of a single session of mindfulness meditation on participants with high levels of anxiety but normal blood pressure. They found measurable improvements in anxiety following the single mindfulness meditation session and further anxiety reduction one week later. Researchers suggested that a single mindfulness session may help to reduce cardiovascular risk in those with moderate anxiety. (https://psychcentral.com/blog/10-surprising-health-benefits-of-mindfulness-meditation/)
The anxious mind is afraid of itself
We live in a polarized society that likes to slap a label on everything — black or white, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, religious or atheist, you get the idea.
Likewise, humans tend to slap labels on their thoughts. This is a “good” thought, that is a “bad” thought, I “should” think this, I “shouldn’t” think that, etc.
When we begin to fight with our “bad” thoughts, when we become afraid of certain kinds of thinking, this only brings about more of the same. As the legendary Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung once said, “What you resist, persists.”
Like a river current, the tumultuous, “afraid-of-itself” mind can take your health and happiness downstream, against your will, into hostile territory. This incredible force of nature can make us feel totally powerless.
Luckily, mindfulness is the very best way to reclaim your castle, no matter how long it has been under the cruel, authoritative reign of anxiety.
Meditation builds brain muscle
Instead of buying-in, getting frazzled, or having a knee-jerk reaction to the array of silliness, craziness, and scariness that enters the human mind, meditation teaches you that no one thoughtdeserves your undivided attention.
There is never a need to chase the rabbit down his never-ending hole. Thoughts come and thoughts go, like waves crashing upon the shore.
By building your mindful muscle, meditation allows you to understand, at the very deepest levels, how your thoughts, emotions, and mind intertwine.
This fundamental transformation keeps fear and worry permanently at bay.
Meditation reverses anxiety
By using meditation to simultaneously activate the parasympathetic nervous system while deactivatingthe body’s “fight or flight” stress mode, his patients reversed countless health issues, with anxiety often the first domino to fall.
Dr. Benson’s bestselling book, “Relaxation Response,” has sold millions of copies, providing great momentum to the mind-body movement, and stands as another solid example of hard science confirming age-old mindfulness wisdom.
Note: The relaxation response brings countless benefits above and beyond relieving anxiety and managing stress. The infographic below goes into much more detail:
Four ways to add mindfulness to your day
- Meditation can change your brain https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways-meditation-can-actually-change-the-brain/#341af2b01465
- Most common illness in the US https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
- Anxiety it becoming common place. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322877.php
- Gender Differences: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3135672/