Most negative states of mind have something in common. Grief does this and so does frustration.
You bet your booty it does.
Because when you’re experiencing these emotions, it can feel like you’re handcuffed to a dumbbell and someone swallowed the key.
But you can break these patterns.
You can shatter the chain that binds you.
It’s not a magic cure. If the emotion is strong enough, not a lot can claim to make it all better.
This simple exercise moves you in the right direction.
Anxiety is a fixation on the future. Your mind imagines what’s about to happen and it doesn’t like it.
Grief and frustration work the same way, only they project backwards. You compare what you have to what you had and it comes up short.
When is it impossible to be anxious (or grief-stricken, or frustrated…)?
In the present moment.
When you bring all your attention into the present, nothing else matters. Only the pains of the moment bother you – and, strangely enough, they bother you less.
Like I say, it’s not a perfect solution – mostly because you can’t help but remember and imagine.
Still, it makes a difference.
And it’s something you can practice.
Now, the interesting part?
This can work wonders for a lot of folks.
But there are other exercises that are like this, only supercharged.
Focusing on the present moment is tough enough at the best of times. When you’re in an anxiety spiral, it’s even harder. That’s why I developed the Ziggurat Technique for busting anxious states of mind.
Mindfulness is just one part of it. And if you can’t bring yourself to focus? That’s okay, because all the other parts will work together to diffuse the anxiety.
It’s a neurologically sound way to shatter anxiety… and it’s easy enough to do no matter your state of mind.
I teach it (and a whole lot more besides) to anyone who signs up here: