Meditation For Anxiety

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Written by theta

Written by theta

September 1, 2021

Anxiety, a common word spread throughout many households in today’s world. As isolating of a feeling this is, you are not alone. Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from some type of anxiety each year. This could be butterflies, heart palpitations, headaches, stomach tightness, etc. Anxiety has many different ways of presenting itself, and when it does, these feelings can seem overwhelming and unpredictable.

Research has confirmed the benefits of guided meditation for anxiety disorders, along with other stress-related conditions by providing an outlet for the body to counter the stress-related response our body experiences when we are anxious. Through a consistent meditation practice, we are better able to reprogram and recognize triggering thoughts, which helps increase our capacity to manage anxious feelings.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety disengages the front part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex (PFC), that is essential for making good decisions. This area of the brain helps us weigh different aspects of our decision making process. Weighing consequences, planning our next move, processing data into a logical explanation, rationalizing what is right and wrong.

Our ability to make decisions revolves around our brain’s ability to reduce distractions and perform at a high level. Distractions that present themselves can be physical (our surroundings) or from our internal thoughts. Anxiety is the brain’s inability to reduce these distractions by numbing a group of neurons in the PFC.

Traditionally, anxiety was thought to be overstimulated circuits within the brain that created these worries, doubts, butterflies. But in reality, anxiety shuts down certain PFC connections which makes it harder for our brains to reduce distractions. This results in cloudy decision-making processes.

Ways to Utilize Your Anxiety

While anxiety can often be a negative for many people, there are certain elements that could be turned into positives.

Anxiety Redirects Your Attention

Distractions are natural. There is so much going on around us in our every day lives that our body tries to tell us something we are ignoring. If certain feelings or anxiety continue to arise, your body is trying to tell you that there is something that needs to be addressed. This can arise in situations where you know you should or shouldn’t be doing something and your body is trying to guide you in a different direction.

Better Align Your Goals

Stop trying to find balance in your life by juggling numerous different aspects. Finding balance in your life will never and should never be found. Different aspects of your life should weigh differently and it’s important to be able to recognize those areas. Anxiety can help you direct your attention to different aspects that should be weighing more than others. For instance, maybe your “work life balance” is so heavily focused on work that you continue to miss your child’s events. Anxiety can help steer you in the right direction if your priorities are out of tilt.

Anxiety Raises Intelligence

People with anxiety are found to be more naturally intelligent. This results in higher performance in areas of research, critical thinking, and analyzing data and situations. By better understanding your anxiety, you can learn to explore different options to improve your problem solving which can result in better mental and emotional intelligence.

Understanding Yourself

Being able to recognize and understand what makes you scared can help you put things in perspective. If we see things that make us feel uncomfortable, someone being treated poorly, anxiety is our body’s way of pointing our moral compass in the right direction. We will never truly be able to relieve ourselves of anxiety, we can only better manage and recognize it so we can use it so we can achieve our fullest potential.

Managing Your Anxiety and Your Decision Making Process

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Be Mindful

Remember when we talked about the PFC? Being mindful will help strengthen that part of your brain to help you filter out distractions that arise. Being mindful will help cut out the clutter so you can focus on the things that matter most to you.

Find the Source of Your Anxiety

When do you feel most anxious? Are there certain tasks or places that make you feel anxious? Being able to find the root cause of your anxiety will help you tremendously as you go through life. Unwarranted anxiety can lead to long-term health effects, further increasing your anxiety. Cutting out anxiety producing elements will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

Separate Thoughts, Feelings, and Behavior

Thinking certain things that make you feel a certain way which result in a specific behavior isn’t out of the ordinary. All elements are related, however, they aren’t necessarily connected. If we are able to change our behavior when we experience specific thoughts, our feelings will change. If we are able to change how we feel with certain behaviors, our thoughts will change as well. All three elements are connected, but not the way we think, or feel, or act.

Guided Meditation For Anxiety

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Theta GMS™ (Guided Meditation and Suggestion Therapy) will help you relieve symptoms of anxiety to achieve a more calming sense of reality. Our therapy will help retrain and reprogram your PFC to allow your mind and body to understand your anxiety and reduce it. This will also allow you to utilize your anxiety as a strength in your life. Finding and recognizing what your anxious triggers are and how you can look at them in a more positive light.

Anxiety can be a trigger that leads to bad habits such as drinking, smoking, drugs, biting your nails, among other things. Theta’s GMS produces therapeutic benefits for anxiety by reducing automatic, subconscious responses to allow you to focus on how to manage your thoughts.

Anxiety is something that we all live with, some better than others. It’s a natural part of our lives. Our goal is to help you better manage it so you can declutter your mind and make better decisions. Understand your consequences, plan your next move, process data in a logical way, better rationalize what the pros and cons are. Wouldn’t it be nice to strengthen your brain to better filter out distractions to provide a more enriching life for yourself? We’re here to help make that a reality.

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