How Meditation Helped Me Decrease My Anxiety

I used to think that meditation didn't work. Then I meditated for at least 10 minutes every day consecutively for 8 months. 

Why meditate? 

When I was younger, I had a lot of anxiety. I had some panic attacks.

Due to childhood trauma, I have had to deal with underlying fear and anxiety at different periods throughout my life. 

Granted, this is something that I have worked through in therapy for multiple years and has been a significant point of personal growth for me. 

I want to explain that meditation does not have have to have the stigma of sitting on a yoga mat in silence or living like a monk. 

There are many ways to meditate

Meditation can be walking outside in nature for one person, and painting for another.

When we meditate, we go into flow. Our conscious minds move away from space and time, and we disconnect from our outer world and get connected to our inner world. 

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How I Reduced My Anxiety in 5 Simple Ways

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Right now we are living in a time where stress is around every corner. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and notice an increase in anxiety.

This is why I wanted to provide you with 5 Simple Ways I Reduced My Anxiety. 

While we are uncertain of the future and what it holds, our body routinely goes back to feelings of unrest and wondering if we will be okay.

It is up to us to shift our energy and mindset to take control of our perception and change how we are feeling. 

Here are 5 Ways I Decreased my Anxiety Naturally.

1) Nutritional Changes and Microbiome Support 

 I increased stress relieving foods. These are foods that calm down the central nervous system.

These include foods that contain healthy fats which include Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in

  • salmon,
  • walnuts,
  • chia seeds,
  • and flaxseeds. 

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How to Use Self Compassion to Get Through Life's Obstacles

After 3 years in clinical practice, I found that my true passion was helping people on a deeper level live a holistic, meaningful, and balanced life. My goal is that my clients feel vibrant, healthy, and connected, both physically and mentally, from the inside out.

I recently got asked about the use of self compassion during times of crisis. I thought I would share my thoughts here. 

My most recent crisis was losing my mother to cancer last October. It opened my eyes to how I can view myself even during difficult times. I have had a pattern of being critical of myself throughout my life and not feeling good enough. It's something that I have worked on but during this hard time I found it coming back to the surface. 

Even after my mom passed away, I was guilt stricken with things I didn't do. "I didn't even walk with her on the beach." "I wasn't present enough with her." " I didn't know we wouldn't have more time together."

All of these thoughts tore me up. I...

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How Living with Intent Gifts You Happiness and More Time

At the start of a new week, let us think about living with intent, also known as mindful living. Even when we have a lot going on around us, if we are able to take a step back and breathe, we are more likely to stay calm, focused, and have more time to get things done. 

Have you ever been running around in a hurry and did something that actually made you more late or made things take longer in the end? I think we have all been there. Stubbing your toe, dropping a dish, or not finding something the first time will only make things more hectic. 

In this alternative way of being, by slowing down, you can actually slow down your perceived reality and have more time to get things done. 

Not only will it help the situation for perceived lack of time, but by living in a calmer fashion, you will be able to enjoy the present moment and live with a clearer mind and a more open heart. 

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