About two years ago I became diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety. No one is really sure what triggered it, or where it came from but when I first started having panic attacks, I was terrified. I thought they were never going to end. I thought I might never be able to have a “normal” life again. Negative thoughts constantly bombarded my mind, breathing became a thing of discomfort, I couldn’t sleep at night, and I didn’t want to do anything! I wanted to hide in a corner, a big comfy corner, weighed down by blankets and pillows, hidden from the world. I hated this feeling of drowning, it didn’t seem as though there were anything I could do to alleviate this horrible dark cloud that had settled upon me. Until… I decided I wasn’t going to do it anymore. I was tired. After months of mental torture and fatigue, I decided to take action. I made the choice to beat my anxiety. I began breathing exercises, I began senses testing. Senses testing is when anxiety takes you out of reality, so you bring yourself back in by counting five things you can feel/touch/taste/see/smell. This worked wonders for me. But beyond anything that has helped me to keep my anxiety in check has been taking the time to do at least 10 minutes a day of meditation.
Now, I am going to share with you guys an app that I love! It has helped me so much in these past couple months that I have started using it. I have found that I have even better control over my thoughts and ability to move more easily through times of stress and trial than ever before! That app is: Calm.
This is a mediation app that focuses on the healing properties of tuning into yourself, listening to what your body needs. Some of the features on this app are free and others you have to pay for. However, the free demos are definitely enough to get you started on a journey of self-discovery! I love how this app walks you through the basics of meditation in a way that teaches you to be able to do it on your own, anywhere at anytime. It also has a beautiful layout, with calming abilities of its own.
If you’re interested, which you should be, go ahead and click on the link below to get started!
Remember you are in control of the way your life turns out.
“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Dorothy M. Neddermeyer