Anxiety And The Christian Meditation Fix
It's happens to all of us. You walk into a room full of people, the tension rises, blood flow becomes restricted, your brain short circuits, then you look and sound incoherent. Say hello to anxiety. According to the National Mental Health Institute, anxiety is a mental health disorder that can severely cripple a person's way of life and should be treated.
Anxiety is normal and no one is exempt. Almost 30 million Christians experience anxiety at some level. Feeling anxious when faced with an ordeal at work, personal confrontations, test taking, and important decisions is natural, and most people feel it.
What is not normal is persistent episodes. Persistent anxiety is a disorder. When these feeling interfere with your performance at school, work, and relationships, you have a problem. One that may require counsel or medical attention.
How To Recognize Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This disorder can range from mild to intense. Regardless of intensity the symptoms generally remain consistently the same.
Generalized anxiety symptoms include:
- Poor concentration, or having the mind go blank
- Fatigue, or easily becoming fatigued
- Restlessness, or feeling on edge and wound-up, paranoia
- Muscle tension
- Sleeping problems (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, awakening at night with fear or anxious)
- Constant worrying
How To Recognize Panic Disorder
Sudden fear and intense personality changes is a clear sign that a person is going through a panic attack. Periods of intense fear will increase heart rate, cause palpitations, induce sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and sometimes sensations of choking or smothering.
Panic symptoms include:
- Fear or avoidance of places or situations associated to panic attacks
- Feelings of not having control over a panic attack (anxiousness)
- Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
- Intense worries about something particular or about when the next impending attack
How To Recognize Social Anxiety Disorder
This type is usually triggered by a social event such as being in front a large crowd. The fear is based on public embarrassment, rejection, judgement, and fear.
Social anxiety symptoms include:
- Anxious feelings about being with other people, having difficulty socializing
- Feeling very self-conscious in front of people, worried about being humiliated, rejected, or embarrassed
- Timidity, shyness, being afraid of judgement
- Constant worrying before a social event
- Avoiding social contact
- Difficulty becoming friends or keeping friends
- Blushing, feeling flush, sweating, shaking, or trembling around others
- Nausea, feeling sick in the stomach when around other people
Triggers And Possible Causes
Researchers have discovered that certain genetic activity, environmental factors, personality traits may be precursors to a life of anxiety.
Specific triggers and possible causes include:
- Childhood shyness, or inhibition
- Being female
- Being poor, or having the perception of few economic resources
- Becoming divorced or widowed
- High stress during childhood and/or adulthood
- Displays of anxiety in close biological relatives
- Familial history of anxiety or mental disorders
- Elevated afternoon cortisol levels in the blood or saliva (adrenal overload)
Anxiety is treatable with lots of success. Treatment can range the gamut from psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), self-help or support groups, stress-management techniques, and medication.
A combination of or more options generally yields the highest and most effective results. A particular area of great interest and growing popularity is stress management. Proper stress management seeks to address the psychological causes of internal stress while positively enhancing one's mental view of the self with God and the world.
Within the stress management category is guided meditation, more specifically Christian guided mediation. This technique can very effectively address most low level to mid level anxiety stressors. With good nutrition that addresses proper functioning of the adrenal glands and alpha brain waves, along with a consistent exercise program, and breathing techniques millions of people can be pulled out the doldrums of painful anxiety. But it starts with the mind. The mind leads action. As you begin your nutritional and exercise research start with the following Christian guided meditation.
Guided Christian Meditation For Anxiety - Technique
This meditation will allow you to experience relaxation during tense moments, You can also, and more preferably, practice this guided meditation twice a day. Once in the morning, and once at night, before going to bed. Continual practice will reap the greatest rewards.
A state of mental and physical of health starts with calmness, and focusing on our breath can generate scientifically measurable physiological peace and harmony in our body. Combing faith into the equation can supercharge your effort. So be sure that your faith muscles are pump with Jesus.
Performing this technique regularly will help you gradually feel calmer, more at ease, and relaxed. Once you've reached a continual sensation of peace in mind and body triggers will affect you less.
1. Find a place where you can relax and sit in a comfortable position. Place your hands and arms in a comfortable position.
2. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, fill your lungs, and breathe out, try emptying your lungs completely. Repeat 2 or 3 more times.
3. Next observe the natural rhythm of your breath. Try to adjust your breath to a 3 - 5 second inhale, and a 5 - 7 second exhale. Make sure your breathing is smooth and gentle.
Practice this for 2 to 3 minutes.
This technique calms your mind while optimizing your physiology which promotes health.
Continue this breathing pattern while while you begin to mentally examine any tension or stress in the body.
4. Consciously and purposefully open the vault where the tension and stress of anxiousness resides and let it all go. All of it. Feel free to observe, or analyze, any feelings, thoughts, or misconceptions at this moment. This step should take no more than a minute or two.
5. Next, mentally call on the name of Jesus. Call on His name continually and repeatedly.
You can use the technique we teach here at Christ Audio. Say "Yes" on the inhale, and "Jesus" on the exhale. Keep your breath rhythmic, natural, smooth, and gentle.
With each breath accept Him in every part of your body, every cell, and molecule. Accept Him into the open vault, the area where anxiety used to resided. Then fully and completely accept Jesus into your heart, soul, and mind. Do this with every breath. Let go in His blessed presence.
Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind. Love Him intensely. Jesus never turns away anyone who loves Him. Do this for about a minute or two. You may have an experience with God at this time.
6. Now take a deep breath and relax for a minute or two.
7. Start becoming aware of you feet, arms, legs, and hands. Slowly move your head around and start becoming aware of the room you're in.
Now gently and slowly start opening your eyes.
Welcome back. You're ready to live life.
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It's fully known that anxiety can be tackled mentally and physically with proper diet and exercise. A person's determination to heal is the second most important element in overcoming the monster. The first is faith in God. Our faith in God has been medically show to produce unquestionable medical miracles.
It's our faith that keeps us opening the Bible for inspiration, strength, and motivation. On your journey it's absolutely imperative that you continually draw inspiration and hope from God's word. If you follow this important step you will find that it will trigger prayer. Prayer is the spiritual offense that suppresses ALL enemy forces.
If you follow these instructions you are well on they way to recovery, but remember, it's wise to consult with a counselor or physician before you begin.
Now we want to know what is your favorite meditation to help calm anxiety. Post your comments, ideas, thoughts, helps, and meditations below.
Need more help or guidance? Here's our guided Christian meditation for anxiety. We love you, we're praying for you. See you in the kingdom.