Meditation for Anxiety
Meditation teaches you how to work with anxiety.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can have a serious impact on your daily life.
AN ANXIOUS WORLD
Many of us worry. In fact, anxiety currently affects about one in fourteen people worldwide. That's 7.3% of the total world population.1 So you can worry a little less about being the only one feeling anxious.
While the research is still relatively new, there is growing evidence that meditation can help manage anxiety.2 You see, when you meditate regularly, the parts of your brain that regulate thoughts about yourself actually start to change.3 For example, instead of attaching emotional reactions like fear to those thoughts, your brain starts to connect feelings of openness and non-judgement.4 And the research shows that people who practice mindfulness experience less anxiety.3
- Baxter, A. J., et al. "Global prevalence of anxiety disorders: a systematic review and meta-regression." Psychological medicine 43.05 (2013): 897-910.
- Chen, Kevin W., et al. "Meditative therapies for reducing anxiety: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials." Depression and Anxiety 29.7 (2012): 545-562.
- Goldin, P. R., & Gross, J. J. (2010). Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on emotion regulation in social anxiety disorder. Emotion. 10, 1. 83-91.
- Roemer, L. et al. "Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders." Current psychiatry reports 15.11 (2013): 1-10.