“Mindfulness” is a hot topic these days and I think I know why. We have created so many ways to connect ourselves electronically to anything and everything anywhere and everywhere at any time day or night that mental disorders are being named after the phenomena. Continuous exposure to social media, broadcast television and electronic games can have adverse effects on some. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls “social media depression” what they’re seeing in alarming numbers of young people who have devoted their lives to their screens. It seems we need a break from the buzz.
Large corporations are beginning to set aside time and space for employees to reduce stress through meditation. Do a quick search of mindfulness and you’ll see pages of attention being paid to the simple act of living in the present moment. When you continue to stay in that mindset, when you carry along with time, looking neither forward nor back, we call it meditation. That mind cleansing process is being employed to save people from the loud buzz of daily life.
People with panic disorder know full well what daily buzz is about. The constant anxiety that comes from fear of having another panic attack keeps your engine revving all day and sometimes all night. I’ve been there; I know what it’s like to never have a calm moment, to get up knowing you’ll be controlled all day by the strong arm tactics of anxiety. That’s why mindfulness plays such a big role in the “Un-agoraphobic” recovery program. You’ll need to first learn how to practice meditation and then how to apply mindfulness tactics to your every day routine as part of your path to recovery.
I recommend you do a search of meditation techniques, find something that works for you, and start practicing today. If your anxiety is too high, do a head to toe tense and release routine beforehand. While seated, raise your feet a few inches off the floor and arch your toes away from you so that you feel a stretching across the top of your foot. Next, arch your toes toward you and continue this process of tightening and relaxing muscles (calves, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, shoulders, neck, arms and hands). Each stretch should last to the count of four, as should each release. Once you get your body loosened and have practiced focusing, sitting in meditation will be easier.
Once you learn meditation you own a valuable tool for diverting panic attacks. Ommmmmmm.