Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.
Editor: Saad Shaheed
In my work I have found 7 Ways You Can Ease an Anxious Mind.
- Slow down – At the first sign of things speeding up – thoughts racing, heart pounding, breathing accelerating – move a little slower.
- Come to your senses – Take a few moments to connect with your five senses to bring you back into the moment.
- Do a reality check – Ask yourself, “Is this thought absolutely true?” Chances are your worst fears are just that – fears.
- Release the critic – Interrupt the self-critic by dropping into your heart and saying, “May I learn to be kinder to myself.”
- Lie down and look up – Look up at the sky from time to time, and watch the clouds for a natural experience of mindfulness.
- Listen – As an experiment, take the day and set an intention to listen to the sounds of leaves in the wind, of kids playing, or someone speaking to you.
- Know your triggers – What makes you anxious? If you know your triggers, you can prepare soothing practices better.
These are just tips to play with in life to help give you the chance to settle into that space between stimulus and response where choice, possibility and freedom lie.