Around 264 million people around the world are suffering from some forms of anxiety disorder. It is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world. Though it can severely affect our physical and mental health, learning to mindfully observe our feelings of anxiety can significantly improve the quality of our lives.
People suffering from anxiety disorders often experience feelings of worry, nervousness, doom, or panic. They will always expect the worst-case scenario. Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders.
We all know about the benefits of exercise and its effects on our mind and body. Practicing any sort of mental or physical activity will keep away the anxious feelings and promotes overall wellbeing. Mindful exercise is a great way to get rid of anxiety and find inner peace.
Let’s take a look at the importance of exercise.
How Does Mindfulness Help To Manage Anxiety?
Mindfulness is the practice that provides us the ability to focus on the present moment and helps us to gain clarity to our minds and keep away anxiety. The practice of mindfulness will help us to connect with the present moment and keep away the thoughts of our past and future. Our thoughts related to the past events and future can be stressful. By letting go of the worries of the past and future, you can manage stress and anxiety.
The practice of mindfulness helps us to move out of the ‘fight or flight’ response and promotes our ‘rest and digest’ system, which is a part of the parasympathetic nervous system. With the help of mindfulness, this system will slow down the heart rate and calm your mind. Thus, promoting an overall sense of wellbeing.
The stories that we have heard and learned to accept as truth have a significant role to play in our beliefs, habitual thoughts, and associated behaviors. These thoughts and beliefs are strong because of the neural pathways they created in our brains. With the practice of mindfulness, you can gain control of your thoughts by rewiring the brain by creating new neural pathways. This will help in harnessing new thoughts and beliefs that will help in promoting your wellbeing.
Another benefit of practicing mindfulness is that it helps to regulate our emotional responses. When you control or manage your emotions, it will reduce your inclination to become lost in the feelings of anxiety. The practice of mindfulness will heighten your awareness of the physical body and encourages mental peace and physical relaxation.