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Calming Anxiety: an Alternative to Meditation

Calming anxiety can seem impossible, and while mediation for anxiety can be effective, sometimes an alternative to meditation is necessary. After all, when our anxious brains race with worries and fears and what-ifs, it can be incredibly difficult to sit still with our eyes closed and clear the mind. Yet our brains need a break. We need a break. It is exhausting and even painful to sustain anxious, racing thoughts. We can give our brains this break even when we can’t meditate. There is an alternative to meditation that works wonders in calming anxiety. 

Calming Anxiety is Necessary and There Is an Alternative to Meditation

Living with the causes and the effects of anxiety can be wearing. Anxiety can make us so keyed up physically, mentally, and emotionally that it wears us out. Specific worries can affect the quality of one’s life as can the very process of worrying itself. To regain control and a sense of wellbeing, it’s crucial to calm anxiety.

Meditation–sitting still, breathing deeply, and shutting out the inner and outer world by concentrating on the breath–has been proven to be effective in calming the nervous system and quieting the mind. However, sometimes anxiety is simply too strong to allow us to sit still and concentrate on breathing. After all, who has time to concentrate on such a basic function like breathing when there is so much to worry about? Truthfully, we all, for our own health and wellness, need to calm and soothe our brain. Thankfully, meditation isn’t always necessary to calm anxiety. There are alternatives to meditation.

An Alternative to Meditation for Calming Anxiety

Calming anxiety with meditation is difficult when anxious thoughts race. Give your anxious brain a break and calm anxiety with this alternative to meditation.

Meditation is effective in calming anxiety because it soothes the brain. It stills racing thoughts. It’s quiet. However, sometimes it’s too quiet. The nothingness that is meditation allows all sorts of anxious thoughts plenty of space to bounce around.

The good news is that even those of us with anxiety can achieve this state of quiet nothingness because there is an alternative to mediation for calming anxiety. The key is to let go and empty the mind of anxiety. But because the anxious brain won’t easily empty its anxiety, the anxious thoughts need to be replaced by an activity.

When we can’t relax because of anxiety, we can turn to a simple, repetitive activity that occupies the mind and distracts it from anxious thoughts. It’s important to achieve relaxation, not through sitting still, but through doing something mundane yet out of our routine. Doing something that doesn’t require much though, for example, coloring a mandala or other coloring page, distracts the anxious brain enough to soothe and calm it while allowing for an activity to occupy thoughts, steering them to the activity rather than to worries and fears.

I discuss this alternative to meditation in the below video, and I invite you to watch and consider this technique for calming anxiety.

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Author: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

Tanya J. Peterson is the author of four critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels about mental health challenges as well as a self-help book on acceptance and commitment therapy. She speaks nationally about mental health, and she has a curriculum for middle and high schools. Find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

23 thoughts on “Calming Anxiety: an Alternative to Meditation”

  1. Taking enough quantity of chamomile tea is also another way to beat anxiety, avoid exciting food and always talk to others about what worries you!

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