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Friday, February 4, 2011

Getting My Body Back Friday - How to Stay Conscious to Avoid the Effects of Anxiety on Your Body

Anxiety, like stress, puts strain on the body cells which produces a negative effect on your health. It can zap your energy and motivation to exercise, leaving you feeling fatigued and uninspired. Knowing that anxiety remains as the underlying influential emotion to other emotions and ultimately your negative reaction to your circumstances, it is important that you stay conscious of what's occurring in your body to avoid the negative effects. 

When you are consciously aware of what's going on in your body you are better positioned to avoid or get rid of the unwanted occupancy of negative emotions. Many times we become overly busy with our daily responsibilities and become enwrapped with the past or future that we're not aware of what's happening right now - in the present. In this mindset anxiety has a way of being the underlying influential guest in our inner domain. 

So what can you do today to turn this around?

You'd have to make this a conscious effort at first until it becomes a habit. 

Practice conscious awareness

Make the decision to practice conscious awareness of your body. To get you started before you get into your busy schedule, set aside some quiet time to really get used to feeling the message your body is sending off. This will give you an indication of what you're really thinking as opposed to what you want to think. There's a difference. 

You may want to think about being positive and optimistic but the truth is you're actually feeling worried or frustrated. As you practice conscious awareness, starting with your quiet time, these true emotions and thoughts can surface and then you're in a position to deal with them directly before you start your day. 

Take a few minutes during the day at several intervals to stop your busyness and become quiet just to pay attention to what emotional message your body is sending off. As you become conscious of anxiety, release it and like a healing balm, invite peace and relaxation into your body and mind. 

You'll find yourself more joyful and energized to continue on with your daily activities. You could set specific times during the day, like at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., if this will help you remember and develop the habit of conscious body awareness. 

Whatever method you choose to use make it a regular practice that works for you. 

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