I recently saw a post on Facebook and wanted to share it. Originally posted on Upworthy, A meditation teacher’s 4 tips for calming down and refocusing in just 30 seconds, has some great tips for easing into meditation.
The author, Jon Krop, included a quote that resonated with me: “Discomfort avoidance is the common thread that binds all anxiety problems together.” — John Forsyth, Ph.D., and Georg Eifert, Ph.D., psychologists specializing in anxiety.
Often articles and books present information that is not necessarily new but act as reminders or sometimes are presented in a way that particularly resonates with you at the time. Of course, I’ve read that it’s not the situations you encounter that cause stress but your reaction to them. I’ve read that we create our stress by our thoughts about things and not by the reality of the situation. I’ve experienced myself an increase of stress or anxiety when I’m anticipating a situations and trying to avoid it. Usually facing the situation reveals it wasn’t that bad afterall.
I encourage you to read this article. The section on taking a mindful pause can be particularly useful in managing stress, anxiety and finding calm. Here’s an excerpt:
Basically, the mindful pause is a great “spot treatment” for times when you feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed but have lots to do.
It involves taking 30 seconds to tune into your own body, and you can do it anywhere. You can be sitting, standing, lying down, whatever. Plus, no one will even know that you’re meditating. When you’re spinning out into an anxiety loop, sometimes you just need to interrupt the process. Inserting a pause gives you the opportunity to collect yourself.
I hope you’ll enjoy this article from Upworthy.