“Life provides the challenges, you provide the choices.”
Anxiety relief: with more choices we have less anxiety. As soon as anxiety arises, the mind becomes preoccupied with how to get relief. One choice is to remove the cause of the anxiety. But most of the time it is difficult to remove the cause.
The other choice is to have a more complete experience of our anxiety:
- Recognizing the anxiety is the first step in understand it.
- Accepting my anxiety is the second step in understanding it.
- Understanding happens by recognizing and accepting my anxiety.
Responding Vs REACTING
“This is our turning point.”
Mindfulness training allows us to wisely respond rather than habitually react to our anxiety.
Reacting is a quick brain process. Its purpose is safety from immediate danger. Over-reacting to perceived threats can also become a problem.
Responding is a slower brain process. We are intentionally choosing a different pathway in the brain. Responding allows the perceived threat to be evaluate and safely responded to it.
Anxiety Relief Skills
These three anxiety relief skills manage anxiety:
1. To be Grounded
2. Open Minded
Anxiety is an emotion with an important role in our of life. By choosing to safely feel our anxiety with mindfulness, we make friends with it. In time we learn that it is our good friend, that only wants to protect us. This is the gradual practice of anxiety relief and understanding.
Thank you very much for answering my questions. I’m relieved to know I will have continued access. Even though I’ve completed the training and mindfulness is a regular part of my daily practice, I still use some of the exercises as guides.
In terms of changes mindfulness practice has made, there are far too many to state. I’m 49 years old and have suffered from generalized anxiety disorder most of my life. I’m a mother of three. Married. A social worker.
I can honestly say that my anxiety has been significantly reduced over the past year as a result of mindfulness practice, primarily by anchoring me in the present moment and helping me observe rather than react to my anxiety and distress. It’s helped me deal with my fear of flying, and I’m taking my daughters on a plane at the end of April, which I never would have done before. It’s helping me surf the emotional waves of grief and worry as I prepare for my 18 year old to leave home. It helps me to be fully present to my clients, and to my own thought, feeling and body responses during sessions.
It’s facilitated effective communication with my spouse, family and colleagues as I listen and observe, giving myself time to process and respond appropriately. It’s expanded my awareness of pleasure. It’s reduced my sense of shame and judgment. It’s helped me to be aware that everything I am, and everything I do, is enough – just the way it is. And for a professional woman and mother who has spent a huge portion of her life feeling inadequate and overwhelmed and afraid, that has been life-changing. It’s a very well constructed online program – organized, easy to use, clear, gentle, supportive. The changes haven’t happened overnight.
Indeed, this is a lifelong journey, and it’s been wonderful. I would certainly recommend it.
Thank you very much for everything,
I just wanted to let you know that I have completed the MSBR course. I had this week off so I engaged in a home “Mindfulness Retreat.” My mind and my body feel so fulfilled from this course. It has opened up so many aspects of my life that I discovered I have strength, courage, and compassion. It has also gently show me areas where I could use some practice, (body scan).
I am a much more positive, grateful and all around happy person as a result of this course. It was very engaging. I enjoyed the way there was a nice mix of audio, video and text. That way it was not too overwhelming.
There was no need for me to be sad because it ended though. I plan on revisiting the material as a part of my life. Once just isn’t enough.
Please email me the certificate of completion when you have a chance to do so. I will need to submit it to my principal.
Thank you again for this amazing course.
BC, Amherst, NH
Mindfulness Training Online
“Mindfulness for Life”
This Mindfulness Based Anxiety Relief (M.B.A.R.) online program was created by a fully certified M.B.S.R. trainer G. Ross Clark.
Mindfulness Training was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has been well received in the business, educational and health care communities.
This professional online mindfulness training course features:
No Traveling Required
iPad and Smartphone compatible
Latest in E-learning software and practices
Self-paced & no previous experience is required