Many people, when feeling overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, turn to doctor-prescribed medicines or herbal remedies for relief.
Although these things can be helpful, people should not discount other, less conventional methods of reducing anxiety, such as meditation. Meditation is a foreign concept to a lot of people, and many believe that it is something that must be learned and studied for a long period of time before it can be beneficial. The fact is, meditation is simply calming the body and mind and practicing focused relaxation techniques. This can be done by anyone, and the benefits of meditation can have an effect on anxiety in a very short time.
Meditation requires a peaceful and undisturbed setting, and a comfortable place to lie or sit. It can be accompanied by music or soothing sounds, such as a recording of ocean waves, or you can meditate in complete quiet. A key to effective meditation is finding what works best for you.
Once you have established your preference as far as the right atmosphere for meditation, try to set aside time each day to practice. Close your eyes and take several deep, slow breaths. Allow your body and mind to relax. One way to do this is to imagine yourself in a pleasant, peaceful place, such as by the ocean or in a meadow. Picture yourself in this place using as much detail as possible. This type of focusing can help your mind stop racing - stressful thoughts can be replaced with relaxing images. Let your thoughts wander, but try to always picture yourself in your peaceful setting. The longer you practice this, the more accomplished you will become at reducing your anxiety. Anxiety becomes a bad habit that we must break, and to break this habit we have to replace it with a better one.
When you learn the habit of relaxation through meditation, it will help you feel less anxious in any situation.