Rainbow of Emotions 2: Anxiety

Anxiety can be debilitating.  Anxiety is like a pain from a past injury that resurfaces in particular situations.  All of a sudden, your mind is distracted with worrisome thoughts and you not able to focus or think clearly.  A growing sense of fear may overcome you as your heart beats faster and thoughts spin out of control.  Overwhelming feelings such as these are very uncomfortable.  Learn how to manage overwhelming reactions to avoid unnecessary discomfort and minimize the effects of anxiety.

Mindfulness is the key to resolving anxieties.  Mindful attention brings awareness to triggers so that you can prepare yourself in advance.  For example, if you are anxious about a meeting, do everything in your power to maintain a calm and level mind throughout.  Envision this goal and nurture it until the moment arrives.  Practice controlled breath work to soothe a racing heart.  Employ your favourite relaxation techniques to mindfully manage your thoughts and sensations.  With reduced anxiety and a more spacious mind, you will free yourself to experience more peace and joy in life!

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