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I Used Mindfulness to Quiet My Anxiety, and This Happened

I Used Mindfulness to Quiet My Anxiety, and This Happened

Finally, I've learned to use mindfulness to quiet y anxiety. It wasn't easy, and I didn't really want to do it. But listening to a whisper amazed me. Read this.

I used to be certain that nothing–not even mindfulness–would quiet my anxiety. I found it difficult to be still because of anxiety’s constant stream of racing thoughts, tumultuous emotions, and halting actions. Not only could I not be present in each moment, I didn’t want to be present in each moment. I worried that if I stopped being anxious, I wouldn’t earn success in any of the areas of my life. Anxiety had tricked me into believing that without it, I couldn’t move forward into a quality life. I used to listen to anxiety, but no longer. I found success once I used mindfulness to quiet my anxiety. 

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How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

It's possible to stay calm and anxiety-free in a crisis, even though crises increase anxiety. Read to learn how to stay calm and anxiety-free in a crisis.

When dealing with a crisis, it can be difficult to stay calm and anxiety-free. After all, “crisis” implies catastrophe, disaster, and sometimes even near-Armageddon. In reality, a crisis can be of any size or nature and is something that causes distress to those involved. Facing any type of crisis can create new anxiety where none existed before, and it can aggravate existing anxiety and anxiety disorders. While it’s natural to experience heightened anxiety during a crisis, it’s not a rule. You can stay calm and anxiety free in a crisis. Here’s how to do it. 

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When Anxious Thoughts Are a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

When Anxious Thoughts Are a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

Anxiety can be a broken record, repeating the same anxious thoughts in your head. Learn how to deal with the broken record of anxiety by changing your tune.

Anxious thoughts act like a broken record. An anxious thought will start to play in the mind, and once it does, that obsessive thought plays over and over and over again. Listening to our anxious thoughts nonstop can make them grow ever bigger and stronger, and we come to believe them. Our worries feel real when anxiety is a broken record. When this happens, it’s time to change our tune. 

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Work Around the Negativity Bias to Ease Anxiety

Work Around the Negativity Bias to Ease Anxiety

The brain's negativity bias will cause anxiety left to its own devices. Learn about the negativity bias and some tips for getting around it to lower anxiety.

The human brain has a negativity bias, and it is partially because of this negatively skewed view of our world that we experience anxiety. Studies have shown that the brain notices the negative more quickly and more frequently than it notices the positive.1 Not only that, it reacts much more strongly to negative stimuli than to positive. When our brain automatically, on its own, gravitates toward the negative and focuses its attention there, we feel stressed and anxious. Are we doomed to anxiety because of the negativity bias?

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Anxiety and Panic Overstimulate the Brain–Mindfulness Helps

Anxiety and Panic Overstimulate the Brain–Mindfulness Helps

Anxiety and panic often overstimulate the brain by pulling in too much sensory information. Mindfulness helps during these times of panic. Here's why.

Anxiety and panic can overstimulate the brain, rocket our senses into hyperactivity, and make us feel wired. When we feel keyed-up and on edge, it can feel as though nothing will help. Here we are at risk of jumping right out of our own skin, which would do nothing more than increase both anxiety and panic, and there’s not a thing we can do to settle down. Or is there? It can seem counter-intuitive, but practicing mindfulness when we’re at our most agitated can help when anxiety and panic overstimulate your brain. 

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Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

There is a relationship between anxiety and sunlight. Learn how anxiety and sunlight relate and how you can harness sunlight's power to reduce anxiety.Researchers are beginning to shed light on the relationship between anxiety and sunlight, and it’s becoming evident that the sun is linked to anxiety and possibly even panic disorder. The connection between sunlight and depression has long been established (Relationship Between Depression and Anxiety). The inclusion of anxiety and sunlight in this mix is a development that just might illuminate more strategies to reduce anxiety. 

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Create a Morning Ritual to Calm Anxiety

Create a Morning Ritual to Calm Anxiety

Morning rituals can calm anxiety if you know what to include in them. Read this for tips to create a morning ritual that calms your morning anxiety.It’s possible to calm the anxiety you experience during the day simply by creating a morning ritual. Whether anxiety obnoxiously wakes you before your alarm sounds or greets you loudly the moment you’re awake, beginning the day with anxious thoughts, troubled emotions, and agitated bodily sensations is exhausting and discouraging. Yet if you create a morning ritual to calm anxiety, it doesn’t have to ruin your day before it even begins.

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How to Use Mandalas as Tools to Reduce Anxiety

How to Use Mandalas as Tools to Reduce Anxiety

You can use mandalas as tools to take away anxiety and worries. Here are three creative ways to use mandalas for anxiety that you haven't considered. Read this.Mandalas make excellent tools to reduce anxiety. It’s becoming widely known and accepted that mandala coloring is a calming experience, quieting the racing thoughts of anxiety as well as soothing neurochemical activity in the brain and slowing the body’s physiological response to stress. Here are some suggestions for how you can go beyond basic coloring and use mandalas as tools to reduce anxiety. 

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Leave Worry at the Door

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Leave Worry at the Door

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) comes with baggage that you can leave at the door. Learn to leave anxiety at your door and better manage your GAD.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a relentless experience of anxiety and worry. Worry and anxiety are part of the human experience; there’s even a type of anxiety known as existential anxiety that we feel simply because we exist. However, the anxiety and worry of GAD go far beyond ordinary anxiety. Regardless of the type of anxiety you experience, even if it’s a diagnosable disorder such as GAD, you can find peace as you learn to leave worry at the door. 

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Your How-To Guide for Troubleshooting Anxiety

Your How-To Guide for Troubleshooting Anxiety

Use this how-to guide for troubleshooting anxiety to pinpoint the problem and decide how to move forward. Don't let anxiety stop you from the life you want.

Troubleshooting anxiety is an important part of the ongoing process of living well and thriving despite anxiety. Anxiety has an annoying habit of popping up at seemingly random times. Just when you think your anxiety is improving, it rears its hideously ugly head and jumps in front of you, blocking your path forward. Making matters worse is the fact that anxiety is often vague and hard to pinpoint. The following how-to guide for troubleshooting anxiety will help you identify specific problems and determine how you want to deal with them.

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  • Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
    Hi Rachel, I like your comment about being sooo tired of your brain. :) I've felt that way before, too, especially a...Anxiety and Overthinking Everything
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    Thank you for making this, you have given me information that I didn't know before. Now I don't feel as bad about hav...Anxiety and Personality Type
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    Hi Tanya, I'm getting sooo tired of my brain. I constantly am stressed out about things I have to do like going to p...Anxiety and Overthinking Everything

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