When a person has anxiety, for brief moments the world seems to be out of control. Things that would normally bother someone, can be triggers for others. There is a way to help yourself become centered and focus back into the moment. By learning the very basics of mediation, a person having an “attack” can gain control over the situation that is trying to take them over.
As a anxiety sufferer, I have many triggers. That have gotten worse over the years. My saving grace has been meditation. Now in my older adult life, things like riding in a car in traffic can trigger an attack. Attacks are not pretty and can be embarrassing. It’s not fun to lose control over any part of your life, and bystanders usually do not understand. Riding in an elevator with more than a few people, shopping in a crowded store, and worse of all riding with someone can trigger a very bad situation for myself. By learning mediation, in some ways, I gain back some control over the moment. I can calm myself down and realize how small the situation is and that I will survive it.
The very basics of meditation begins with breathing. You focus totally on the moment you are in. Taking breaths slowly in and outs. Only noticing the breaths with your eyes closed. While taking in and releasing breaths you image a different place and time. You fully immerse yourself in the moment you have created. You keep breathing until you have calmed down and the moment has past. It takes practice, and hopefully can be what I call “moment savers”. Nothing worse than someone thinking you are being silly when it feels so real to you.
You can find plenty of instructional videos online. You can also download meditation apps to your smartphone. At all times you can have moment savers at your fingertips. Remember in all moments to breathe.