- “I’m not going to get it all done!”
- “What if _______ (worst case scenario) happens?!!!!”
- “I’m not good enough…”
The mind is like a factory of thoughts. It just doesn’t stop. When you begin to practice Mindfulness, you begin to realize how the mind just won’t stop.
The problem with stress and anxiety is that the mind doesn’t stop generating torturous thoughts about what might go wrong, what is wrong, how we are not good enough or how we won’t be able to handle one thing or another. Most of these thoughts are unhelpful and useless.
Mindfulness helps us become aware of our thoughts but more importantly it allows us to decrease the power of thoughts, and therefore, our stress and anxiety.
Tip#1: When you become aware that your mind is engaged in torturous, unhelpful thinking, bring your awareness to the present moment by finding 5 things with each of your senses (except taste). As you find each thing, spend a few seconds paying attention to each:
- 5 things you see
- 5 things you touch
- 5 things you hear
- 5 things you smell
Doing this each time you feel stressed, anxious, worried, caught in negative thinking, you will weaken the power of the thoughts, gain mastery over your mind, and feel empowered.