Easy Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Day
Mindfulness in Daily Tasks
You can practice mindfulness when washing the dishes. You can practice mindfulness when reading, just give your full attention word-by-word to an inspiring book or article and be fully and completely present, let the writer speak to you and let everything else wait for a few minutes.
The Art of Being Active and Peaceful
What to do with Negative Thoughts
When you listen to your thoughts and engage with them, you start to have feelings about them because your emotions get involved, and that's how anxiety and stress can strike in an instant. When you give your attention to a negative thought your stomach starts churning, your heart starts pounding, and you become disturbed immediately.
The way to deal peacefully with negative thoughts is to notice them, but not get emotionally involved with them. You can practice watching your thoughts in a detached way. Like you might watch people you don't know in a public place. You watch them come and go without any emotional investment on your part. You can do the same with your thoughts. Play with imagining a thought to be like a leaf floating down a stream, see it, and watch it float by, don't get involved, just notice. No energy, no emotion, just watching.
Taming the Monkey Mind
The great news for anxiety sufferers is that you can take your mind to class too.
You can learn to be more in control of your thoughts, you can learn to be more peaceful, more grounded, more balanced. You can learn to be more in control of what happens in your own head and stop anxious thoughts in their tracks and mindfulness is a very effective way to start.
For guided support I recommend you download our Silent Witness mp3 from the Anxiety Slayer store. For the price of a cup of coffee I'll talk you through step by step how to develop awareness of your breath and then use your breath to calm your mind until your thoughts flow by without causing you any disturbance and you start to feel content and relaxed.
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