Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety | How To Meditate For Beginners

by Sean Preston on December 4, 2010

One of the best relaxation techniques for anxiety is meditation. Learning how to meditate is a simple, easy relaxation technique that can drastically reduce anxiety in just minutes.

There are many relaxation techniques for anxiety out there, yet meditation is one of the quickest and safest ways to release stress. The great thing about meditation is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, requiring nothing else other than your willingness to do it. And this means you can release your stress and anxiety anywhere, anytime. Your are in complete control.

Here’s something you can use right now to help you relax and get calm.

For this simple exercise, we’re going to focus on simply sitting still and breathing. Now, if you’re someone who’s anxious and stressed, this might seem like a difficult or challenging thing to do. In fact, it might even seem stressful just thinking about sitting still.

Here’s a 3 step relaxation technique you can do right now to get calm, get centered, and relax:

1. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down where you won’t be disturbed.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Take 4 slow deep breaths. Inhale through the nose. Draw your breath slowly into your diaphragm, fully, then slowly exhale through the mouth. Gently push all the air out.

Focus on your breath…nothing else. You might find it challenging to still your mind, to keep it from racing, thinking all kinds of thoughts. As best you can, remember to come back to center and focus on your breath. Inhale….Exhale…Inhale…Exhale…

Start slow. Just a few minutes to begin with so you become comfortable with sitting still. Let’s face it…sitting still can be difficult if you’re someone who’s always on the go, always ‘do do doing.’

Doing these 3  things above are a great start to releasing stress. It’s an excellent relaxation technique for anxiety. It’s important to take it slow. There’s no rush. Go easy on yourself. Avoid the frustration of needing to ‘get it right,’ because doing so will only add to the anxiety.

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to meditate. What’s key is finding YOUR WAY. And all that takes is practice…doing it repeatedly, a little bit at a time. Again, go easy on yourself.

There are some excellent meditation techniques for beginners you can use right now to release the tension and stress, get calm, and back on track.

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