Raquel Martin practices and teaches meditation techniques. She will regularly mention the importance of mindfulness in the treatment of anxiety and depression in my Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy practice at Guildford and Esher.
This has been shown to be extremely helpful in reshaping our brain pathways in anxiety. Mindfulness is the awareness which develops when we pay attention to events experienced in the present moment within the framework of our mind/body, in a non-judgemental and accepting manner.
It is increasingly recognised as a very useful tool for assisting those so distressed by the negative emotions that they struggle to come to terms with the negative thoughts lying beneath.
Focus your mind on inner experiences, such as your thoughts, emotions and physical sensation. Do not try to change or challange them. Just become aware of them.
Focus on the simple physical sensation of breathingy in and out, and particularly on your abdomen rising and falling with each breath; again, do not try to control it.
This help us to centre ourselves. This is critical for anxiety.
Increase your focus of awareness on your body as a whole, including your posture, facial expression and sensations. Accept it all completely and without judgement.