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Using mindfulness to reduce anxiety

In recent years there has been increased interest in meditation, yoga, and using mindfulness to reduce anxiety. The common link between these practices is the mind body connection or the interaction between the brain, mind, body, and behaviour 

There is a lot of overlap between the practices in the techniques, skills, and objectives of each, and how you can use mindfulness to reduce anxiety.  Mindfulness is a gentle practice that shows us how to pay more attention to our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in a non-judgemental way. It can be described as a state, a trait-like or dispositional quality, or a set of skills. Two key features of mindfulness are awareness and acceptance, both of which are accompanied by a nonjudgmental attitude. Mindfulness practice encourages practitioners to remain in the present moment, whether pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. 

Research has shown you can reduce your anxiety and stress with the simple mindfulness practice of acceptance. Mindful Well-Being is about paying attention to daily life, particularly the things you rush through. It’s about turning down the volume of the thoughts in your mind by coming back to the body.

The research shows that practicing mindfulness for anxiety and stress rewires brain neurons for calm and harmony. By teaching awareness for one’s physical and mental state in the moment, mindfulness allows for more adaptive reactions to problematic situations.  It works by teaching us to observe what we’re experiencing. The space that this creates helps to subdue the rush of panic in the body, causing anxiety to soften and loosen its grip.

Mindfulness also shows us that we can respond skilfully to anxiety, rather than reacting with old behaviours done on auto-pilot. You may not be able to change your situation, but you can mindfully opt for a more positive way of coping with the stress, such as focusing on your breathing, setting boundaries or choosing other acts of self-care.

Over time and with regular practice, many people find that mindfulness not only reduces anxiety but also self-judgement, stress and improves sleeping patterns.  The good news is you don’t need to practice for years to get the benefits. It’s been said even a single mindfulness meditation session could reduce anxiety.

Join us for our Monthly Mindful Well-being session about using mindfulness to reduce anxiety on Sunday 21 July 2019 from 4:00  until 5:15pm. Mindful Well-Being sessions are only $20 led by Sofija, an internationally qualified Pilates, Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Sofija has extensive experience in teaching mindfulness, personal and rehab training and physique transformation. Sofija’s unified approach in fitness, nutrition and mindset coaching provide a holistic style body-mind transformation while staying connected to oneself.  You can read more about the event here and you can book online here

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