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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The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes

The body achieves what the mind believes. A powerful and true statement. Did you know your mind can create physical reactions and sensations in your body? Your mindset sets the tone for your day and impacts your emotions. 

What you tell yourself about yourself truly makes a difference in your life. 

Are you saying more positive or negative things to yourself throughout the day? 

Sometimes we can be overly critical about ourselves, whether its our intelligence, appearance, success, or lifestyle. 

By creating a space of love, appreciation, gratitude and joy we are able to more fully enjoy life and also make room for more of what we want to come into our lives. 

It can be helpful to start writing down 3 things you are grateful for every morning. 

I love the quote "The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes" by Napoleon Hill because the body listens to our thoughts! 

If we only tell ourselves we are heavy, or will never get healthier, then we will stay...

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How Having an Attitude of Gratitude Can Change Your Life

It is so easy for us to fall deep into our thoughts of life's happenings and what we are, or are not, doing or being. In our society, it can be easy to compare, to want more, and to feel like we need material things to have a "full" life.  

But let me ask you this, when you think about what makes you happy, what is it? Is it a person, a place, a thing? Is it a memory or a funny scenario? Or is it a certain type of feeling evoked by one of the above. 

For me, happiness often comes from laughter and joy with loved ones, and spending time with friends and family. Those times of laugh attacks or being silly with each other are times that I love reminiscing about and when I think about gratitude, I am grateful for those moments and those people that make my heart happy. 

What I urge you to do today is look around you.

What is in your daily life that you are grateful for? 

What might not be the most obvious choice, but you know it makes...

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