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I recently took a course in transcendental meditation and have been practicing for 3 months. It certainly has helped me calm my mind and body. Has anyone else tried meditation for anxiety with success?
Yes, meditation and praying help. They both are calming.
I often forget that we are human! We make mistakes. Keep calm. Forgive yourself.
Do you find yourself holding your breath? I do!
Breathe! Breathe and say your favorite calming words: “I am enough.”
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
“ I do not have to be perfect.”
This one is difficult for me, but I am working on it:
Exercise! Call a neighbor to walk, join a Yoga group, join any kind of group that you would enjoy!
Check programs at community centers, Senior Centers, Y’s.
You will find a level of exercise or a craft, activities, lectures that you will enjoy…and you will find people just like you!
@annedodrill44 I am not one for labels, so I don't know what the type of meditation I do, is called. But it involves deep cleansing breaths, quiet introspection, mindful thinking and reaffirmations. Done when I feel the need to, for periods of 10 to 30 minutes, it can be combined with gentle exercise, quiet crafting of some sort [helps shut the mind down]. Finding what works for each of us is fascinating to me. The varieties seem to be endless.
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I can just relate to my own experience and well being.
Reovering from my symptoms of Lyme Diesase over the last year. The last Dr. I saw recomended Yoga or Tai Chi. I went to my local Y and they have programs just for all of us Seniors. In this case we are referred as "Silver Sneakers"! For the last six months I have a Silver Sneaker Yoga class I do twice a week. MARVALOUS! Helps with my breathing and flexability.
She also has a class I am just starting called Flexibility and Balance! Has taken me to the next step in my recovery to a normal life. It is also twice a week.
I can't Recomend enough to all of you Seniors! Just about everywhere in the country there is a Silver Sneaker Program. Most Medicare Advantage programs offer it!
I'm not a Gym Rat so going in was a little scary. But once you get into a Silver Sneaker Program you feel quite at home.
Unfortunately, most of my classes are 99% female! I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY! Men need it more than the ladies.
My goal is to get back to a better physical shape than I have been in for the last year and a half.
Yes, Ellen, I often hold my breath because I have almost constant anxiety: knot in stomach, nauseous, feelings of doom. It’s horrible. Trying different meds, but meditation also seems logical. I’ll try anything.
Thank you one and all for your responses to my post on meditation for anxiety. I appreciate all your recommendations. And I’m looking for a Silver Sneaker class near me as well!:)
I am late in thanking you!
My New Year’s resolution is to take your exercise advice. Thank you for the reminder !!
The holidays do not mean that we neglect ourselves.
I have to remind myself of that!
The holiday cards and gifts! can be sent after the holidays.
I do not have to go to all holiday parties.
I no longer have to have an open house for everyone I know.
I posted three minutes ago and you replied.
Happy New year fulling of many blessings
FULL of blessings
Yes, I started yoga classes a couple of years ago and noticed that after a month or two I was relaxed and calm more often than anxious. It was like discovering a new normal that had never existed before. The added benefit was the strength, balance and flexibility I gained. Carpel tunnel improved 90 percent, and the arthritis in my knees has steadily improved. I had a liver transplant in August and was not able to continue with yoga during recovery. Transplant drug side effects and recovery issues brought a new level of anxiety that I have been working through. Now at four months post transplant, I am back to yoga and interested in becoming more focused on meditation. I believe it is a very powerful healing technique. The best thing is there are no bad side effects.
What type of exercise do you have in mind for the new year, @helenfrances?
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