Do you worry too much?
It’s a question that doesn’t always have an easy answer.
Everyone has periods in their life where situations naturally make their anxiety levels higher than normal.
And it can be hard to identify if our constant string of concerns is just normal behavior or a sign of a real problem.
But regardless of whether a person has a genuine anxiety disorder, or just has occasional bouts of being a worry-wort, being “worried” can certainly have a negative effect on our day, our relationships and productivity and in extreme cases, our overall health.
If you’ve ever been unable to concentrate at work because you can’t stop wondering if you’ve left the coffee maker on, then you already know how worrying can interrupt your life!
The good news is recent studies have examined the correlation between mindfulness meditation and worrying.
These studies examined meditation and worrying in everyday instances and extreme forms of anxiety disorders. The study found positive results across the board.
From studies that use brain imagining technology to identify areas of the mind that have benefited from meditation to research that relays on patient testimonials, mindfulness meditation truly can make a difference to calm an ever worrying mind.
Virtually all studies come with a few caveats that note how to best use mindfulness meditation to a patient or subject’s advantage.
So if you want to ease your mind, then keep the following factors in mind to achieve the optimal results.
It Takes Time
Most all studies show that people who take up mindfulness meditation don’t see drastic results overnight.
Because meditation changes our behaviors and thought processes it takes time to alter these unhealthy and instinctive processes into a more productive routine.
In fact, the majority of meditation-based studies show that results really start to show at around the 4-6 week mark, and simply grow from there.
So don’t get frustrated if your mind doesn’t automatically adjust to a less worry-free state as soon as you start practicing.
Give it time, and patience and positive results will come naturally.
It Takes Dedication
The more you meditate, the better your results.
Sporadic meditation may give your brain an uptick of serotonin and other naturally produced “happy” chemicals, but it does little to change the overall operations of your brain and body functions.
Practice daily, or at least as often as possible, to achieve the best and most continuous results.
It Takes Practice
Most people who have never tried meditation before and need a little help to get started.
After all, it’s a new way of thinking, focusing and relaxing that’s inherently unfamiliar, which is why a guiding hand is necessary to reach the best results.
Enlist the help of a certified meditation instructor, who can help you find the best way to reach that level of relaxation and calm that can be hard to find on your own.
With a little assistance, and a willingness to learn, even the most chronic worry-wart can find some relief in quieting a busy and unfocused mind.
Having a professional teacher on your side will go a long way in getting you started. Once you’re on the path, you’ll be amazed at how far meditation will take you.