How to Meditate to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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  1. Louise says:

    I have turned to meditation here and there at times when I feel overwhelmed with anxiety, however, I struggle actually incorporating it into my daily routine to really reap the benefits of it long term. I really want to find a way to work it into my every day schedule, however, I struggle to really find time to prioritize it. 🙁 I have used an app that provided daily reminders, however, I tended to ignore them if I happened to be busy at the exact moment. *sigh*

    • Kat says:

      Hi Louise, thanks for stopping by. It can be a challenge getting into a routine and incorporating something new in that routine. It’s hard enough getting through the day hey! The daily app is a good start to remind you to do your meditation and hopefully when you can stop for a few mins during your day that can be your ‘me time’ for meditation. It doesnt have to be long, just enough for your brain and body to slow down for a few minutes. Áll the best ~ Kat

  2. Kathy Joyce says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post Kat as I’m someone who also believes in the power of meditation. I suffered from high blood pressure a few years ago resulting in a stroke. I’m fine now, and practice deep breathing if I feel anxious. It works every time, making me feel calm. I also find guided meditation very relaxing and helps me focus on work.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Kathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts, I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post. It’s awesome that you’re blood pressure has come down and you’ve been able to incorporate meditation when you notice feeling anxious. Well done for listening to your body. ~ Kat

  3. Joshi says:

    Excellent article. I was a sceptic till recently but have discovered that meditation is not just a great reliever of anxiety but also improves my focus and productivity throughout the day. I normally spend a few minutes each morning focusing inwards while taking in fresh morning air and it makes my day wonderful.
    Thanjs for the share

    • Kat says:

      Hi Joshi, I’m so glad you’ve come round to the value of meditation and are now incorporating it into your daily routine. That’s an awesome effort as it can be quite challenging working something new into a daily routine. It sounds like you’ve been able to have a refreshing start to your day which has had a positive impact on your life, well done 🙂 ~ kat

  4. Pablo says:

    Great Post. I always see meditation the way you describe it at the begging. like something far from “regular person”. I was really surprise about how importan is breathing here and simple at the same time. I have to say that I did the breathing exercise you said, and to be honest I got calm! It´s kind of magic how affected we can be due to our thoughts. Some time I find my self spinning around a conversation with my self and “feell” that conversation, and I can see that this exercise you describe can help me cut the circle. Thank you for the article

    • Kat says:

      Hey Pablo, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I’m so glad you’ve been able to get some benefit from this post and you’ve let me know about that. I really appreciate it. So now, hopefully, you’ll be able to remember the breathing exercise in your every life, and bring yourself back to the present when you need to. Cheers ~kat

  5. Judy says:

    Thanks for this very informative article.
    I’ve often thought about adding meditation to my schedule but have been putting it off. This has given me the motivation that I need to make a definate committment to starting.
    I follow the keto diet and I’m very interested in health, so it’s good to know that meditation is good for your immune system too.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Judy, thanks for sharing. I too follow a keto diet, and have found that my immune system is fantastic as I haven’t had a cold in 3 years. I also put it down to the regular meditations I do on a daily basis, as I am able to keep myself calm even during times of stress. It certainly helps with self awareness. I’ve got another blog where I posted an article on keto and the immune system here if you’re interested. All the best.

  6. Wynand Barnard says:

    Hi Kat,

    Thanks for posting! I’ve just started out on my meditation journey with headspace and I’m loving it. Although, to be honest I’m very disciplined about it. What you said about timing and finding the same time to do it everyday is a great idea and I’ll definitely try that out!

    Thanks for the great content!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Wynand, thanks for stopping by. Great timing that you’ve just started your own meditation journey and you found us! Creating a routine will help you incorporate meditation and get you used to practicing it as part of your every day activities. I would love to hear back from you about any changes you notice in how you feel and your well-being. ~kat

  7. Kirsti says:

    Meditation is a great help for stress and anxiety, and more people should do it. I think some people don´t want to meditate, because they think about the Buddhist monks you mentioned, “meditation is for hippies” or something silly like that. Well, that´s their problem, they don´t know what they´re missing.

    I´ve done yoga for a long time, and also meditation alongside it. Meditation is really something you can do sitting at your desk, when you´re stressed from work. I find it hard to sit for a long meditation, but even short meditation sessions are helpful. Even the slow breathing you mentioned helps. I actually did it right away when I read about it, and I felt instantly calmer.

    Thanks for a great article!

  8. Hi, Kat.

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post with us. Yes, I can add to this topic, as I used to suffer from panic attacks and the associated agoraphobia. The toughest part of getting into a meditative state was always to shift the focus from my panic attack symptoms.

    I mean, my guided meditations began with taking three deep breaths, lol. That, at a moment where I was convinced that I was going to suffocate! I guess you get the picture now.

    Anyway, it took many months until I was able to control this. right at this point, I’m having absolutely no issues with this anymore. On the contrary, meditation is my ultimate go-to cure when I feel anxiety coming up.

    It is essential to put our thoughts and worries on “Pause” for a few minutes every day in our hectic world. O only had great experiences with meditation, and I’d suggest it to anyone I a heartbeat – especially if someone is prone to anxiety, or worse, panic attacks.

    Thanks, again, for this lovely post.
    I’m sending you lots of harmony, happiness and tranquillity.

    Sincerely,

    Keryn

    • Kat says:

      Hi Keryn, thanks for sharing your journey with anxiety. It’s a tough one when we are in the middle of a panic attack. Without awareness that it is possible to manage these symptoms, it can be very intense and daunting. You know first hand that despite experiencing panic attacks, you were able to work through them with the value of meditation and get to a point of no longer experiencing their intesity. Well done for not giving up on how to manage the panic attacks, and instead find a new strategy which continues to help you to this day. Many blessings and peace for you too Keryn ! ~kat

  9. Bobby says:

    Kat,

    Great insights to reducing stress! I’ve recently gotten into mindfulness training and they talked about the same things you talked about with the focused-related or more broad approach to meditation. That certainly has reduced my anxiety. I can tell you’re well-informed about reducing anxiety. It’s a liberating feeling to be able to control your own body’s breathing and to slow down a little to assess a stressful situation. Thanks for your insights!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Bobby, it’s great you’re already doing mindfulness training! More people could benefit from its simplicity. The benefits are well worth the learning. I’m glad you’re able to feel a sense of calm and liberation being able to maintain and control your body through a stressful situation. This will help you make valuable decisions by keeping your logical part of your brain engaged. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with mindfulness and meditation 🙂 ~kat

  10. Irma says:

    Great post! I love meditation and I use it during the day, as well as to help me get back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night.

    You have a lot of great tips here, but my favorite is to be present. It is super hard in this world, so I really have to practice it. I am finding a lot more peace of mind since I have.

    Thank you!

    • Kat says:

      I have to agree with you, that being present is the most relevant and valuable way to calm the nervous system. Too often our thoughts go off in their own direction and wreak havoc on how we feel unless we are consciously bringing them back to the present. It’s great that you’ve been able to find this of value for you 🙂 ~kat

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