If anxiety and stress are taking over your thoughts, take a seat in a more peaceful place (like the one above) in your mind by using the following breathing meditation.
Focusing on breathing is the fastest way to release anxiety and help you to focus on the present moment. As you breathe, you will be breathing in peace and clearing out anxious thoughts.
Breathing Meditation Technique to Help Anxiety
- Free yourself from distractions
- Find a chair where you can sit up straight
- Close your eyes
- Take in a deep breath through your nose and mentally count to 10 as you inhale. Hold just briefly and exhale slowly through your mouth to a count of 10 – Pause after each breath
- Repeat this five times
- Sit quietly for a moment before returning to your day
Life can be overwhelming. It is easy to allow the stressors of life to consume us. Our culture is filled with noise. If we focus on the negative events in the news, problems, mistakes, or simply all of the things we have to do, our minds will become anxious and fearful.
The Apostle Paul gives us a prescription for living and how to meditate or think when he says, “Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds. Whatsoever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praise worthy think about such things.”
So, when you catch yourself over thinking or thinking on negative things, pay attention. Sit quietly and take these five deep breaths. Do this throughout the day. You can then train your mind to trade your anxiety in for peace.
If you are sick and tired of feeling anxious all of the time, carve out time to be still, even if it is doing this simple breathing meditation technique each day. You will begin to see a difference in your life and you’ll learn how to help anxiety go away as you replace anxious thoughts with peaceful thoughts.
If you need more help in learning to be still or letting go of the past, mistakes or judgments that are keeping you stuck, download cut #5, Letting Go, for free from my Let it Go 10 Meditative Affirmations CD, along with a Prayer for Letting Go and Three Steps to Let Go and Let God.
If you want a beautiful, guided meditation experience to calm your mind a spirit set to music and at the same time experiencing God’s presence, check out Be Still, Let it Go, and Trust.