Final Thoughts

Throughout this semester I learned to hone the skills in learning to maintain my mindfulness skills, meditate for anxiety and learn the power of forgiveness. Mindfulness is the power of being present and living in the moment so you can better your stress and anxiety. Being present and taking a breath can really slow down your heart.

Learning to be mindful when your anxious can really reduce panic attacks, at least in my experience. It was really cool to learn about Amygdala “These almond-shaped clusters are the most active when you experience fear or aggression, due to the fact that they are responsible for triggering the body’s fight or flight response.” Which can “convince your amygdala that you are in danger” (Calm Clinic)

I appreciated hearing the science behind anxiety and how Pathologic anxiety can cause you not function in comparison normal anxiety which is adaptive and normal. Anxiety has the ability to keep you stuck in a mental space which is filled fear, stress and being stuck in the past. Anxiety can truly mess your perception of a situation. But my recognizing it and changing your automatic thoughts so your first thoughts are not negative but positive. This allows you to truly unpack an emotion.

I can connect mindfulness to anything. Stress management. Anxiety. Yoga. Meditation. It all trickles down due to everything being connected in its own way. Yoga requires you to be mindful and practice your breathing. Meditation is a form of being still and breathing to clear you head and thoughts. Meditation can reduce stress because you are being mindful, and can ultimately help you manage your anxiety

I think the most meaningful topic was what I based my main project on. How our relationships with our families can ultimately project into our romantic relationships. Its fascinating how the healthiness of one relationship can affect a future one.

I am going to commit these insights into how i treat future relationships and how i view my future as whole. As a professional i think understanding these elements can make me a better communicator and allow me to pass this knowledge on.

I’ve put my time to meditate on a pedestal. I used to not make time for it because I didn’t see value in it. But now that i’ve seen major results I am able to take it seriously.

I plan on sharing my insight in real life. I will probably continue to tweet about it.

What has changed and the results

What has changed and the results

 

The topics from the past couple weeks were all intertwined through the discussions of science of  yoga and the neurocognitive behavior when it comes to impulsivity. I think that mindfulness and impulsivity are strongly correlated simply because if you aren’t in the right mind set its easy to be self destructive and live your life on impulse. Meditation comes in at the same time with yoga because it allows a person to think rationally before making decisions. Centering yourself can decrease anxiety and manage cognitive behavior patterns.

In the past we discussed anxiety, depression and mood states all of which tie into positive psychology. Allowing your mind and body to relax can help you assess issues you may have not been able to the first go around. Simply applying these methods can make a vast difference in your life.

In terms of “larger lessons” i’ve learned that meditation can help manage negative automatic thoughts.  Once you can manage your automatic thoughts you can relax and decrease your anxiety levels alot easier or really maneuver your anxiety

I’ve made a few changes to my daily routine which is trying to implement positive thinking and really take the time to ask myself why i feel the way i feel, and centering my body to relax my nervous system. Yoga is a great tool as well.

I think what inspired the changes was seeing results.

 

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Anxiety & Automatic Thoughts

The past four weeks have been exhausting for me. I’m taking 18 credits and this is by far the only class that allows me to breathe. I’ve learned a lot through learning cognitive behavior skills that are actually logical. Understanding the science behind behavior really does make assessing your thought patterns easier. I have become more analytical yet clear headed through steering bad thoughts. Automatic thoughts specifically have really tied into my daily life, whether it be being anxious about something in the future or trying to stay present. I can easily be negative but by changing my negative first thought into a positive first thought I have the ability to manipulate perception and live a more optimistic lifestyle. There wasn’t anything I found surprising, however I see this class filled with life tools that are accessable and easy. For example, meditation. Its so easy to do, and theres so many ways to go about it! Especially through guided meditation and practicing mindfulness.