Meditation for anxiety

Posted by annedodrill44 @annedodrill44, Nov 19, 2019

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.

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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!

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@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.
Ginger

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@helenfrances

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!

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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.
Sundance(RB)

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@helenfrances

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!

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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.

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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!:)

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@sundance6

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.
Sundance(RB)

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I am late in thanking you!
My New Year’s resolution is to take your exercise advice. Thank you for the reminder !!

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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.
Permission granted🤗
Peace!

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Wow!
I posted three minutes ago and you replied.
Thank you!
Happy New year fulling of many blessings

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@helenfrances

Wow!
I posted three minutes ago and you replied.
Thank you!
Happy New year fulling of many blessings

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FULL of blessings

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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.

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@helenfrances

I am late in thanking you!
My New Year’s resolution is to take your exercise advice. Thank you for the reminder !!

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What type of exercise do you have in mind for the new year, @helenfrances?

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@annedodrill44

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!:)

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A small yoga studio near me offers a restorative yoga session one night a week. The poses are all gentle focused on breathing and gentle stretching. Most of the poses were on the floor and very relaxing, all leading toward meditation.

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@mostlybill

A small yoga studio near me offers a restorative yoga session one night a week. The poses are all gentle focused on breathing and gentle stretching. Most of the poses were on the floor and very relaxing, all leading toward meditation.

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@annedodrill44, How perfect. What I learned is that to be more beneficial we need to make yoga part of our daily practice. My instructor created stick figure poses with elaboration for time in pose and options. That was 3 years ago. I seldom miss a day. The benefits are certainly remarkable. Be safe and protected. Chris

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@artscaping

@annedodrill44, How perfect. What I learned is that to be more beneficial we need to make yoga part of our daily practice. My instructor created stick figure poses with elaboration for time in pose and options. That was 3 years ago. I seldom miss a day. The benefits are certainly remarkable. Be safe and protected. Chris

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@artscaping, @mostlybill– I appreciate your comments on restorative yoga. My wife participates in the same at our local fitness center and has encouraged me to also participate in the men's class. I've been somewhat turned off from what my my wife has shared with me in what the philosophies that seem to be promoted in these classes where as she seems to be able to tune those things out and focus on the restorative aspects of yoga. She is very different in that way than me, but perhaps there is hope as in both your posts I'm not hearing that yours promotes eastern philosophies but more the restorative aspects of yoga?
I'd be very open to hear your recommendations as I consider finding a yoga class to participate in. Thanks much! Jim@thankful

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