Anxiety Relief and Meditation

Meditation is a way of quieting the mind. There are two common forms: concentration and mindfulness. Concentration involves focusing on a single point, such as a candle flame or repetitive sound. Mindfulness encourages you to be present in the moment.

There are several short-term benefits to allowing yourself some quiet time. Benefits include lower blood pressure and heart rate, less anxiety and less stress. This creates feelings of well being and relaxation. It certainly seems that it would be worth a small part of your day to see if some type deep reflection can help you achieve any of these results.

If you are new to this type of exercise, an easy way to begin is with the following.

• Find a comfortable position.

• Keep your eyes closed.

• Breathe as you would normally.

• Pay attention to your breath and how your body responds while you inhale and exhale. Keep your focus on your breath even when your mind starts to wander. Try this for 2-3 minutes at the beginning and longer increments thereafter.

This is a simple exercise to practice when you are experiencing a hot flash or a bit of menopause anxiety.