Mindfulness Benefits for Those Feeling Anxiety
Anxiety is distinct from depression as we may feel an overriding sense of fear without becoming depressed and feel depressed without becoming fearful. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can include nervousness, chronic worrying, problems with sleeping and concentration. However, the causes are much harder to identify with Generalised Anxiety Disorder the most common form of clinical anxiety for adults. This is a condition where our anxiety comes from no one specific cause, but results from the everyday stresses and responsibilities in our lives.
Mindfulness takes a much more positive approach, not seeing Anxiety as a disorder at all. The principle of MBCT is that you are fundamentally positive and healthy, but that your mind has become clouded with bad habits. These can include habitually fighting or ruminating on negative thoughts and worries until they become full blown panic. Mindfulness aims to strip these habits away by encouraging us to see our thoughts, instead of seeing from them. This perception frees us to welcome any thought that enters our mind; even the most disturbing ideas can be seen compassionately rather than feared. There is clinical evidence that Mindfulness Interventions are more effective in the treatment of Anxiety than traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.