3 Steps to Rewiring Your Brain to Overcome Anxiety and Live a More Peaceful Life

Anxiety is an incredible challenging experience that everyone goes through at some point, some of us more often than others.

The condition is debilitating because anxiety often sits just under the surface, triggering us at different times without us realizing why.

There’s a new mindfulness strategy based on neuroscience that can help you to rewire your brain whenever you’re having experiences of anxiety.

All you have to do is be aware of the feeling and then adopt some simple techniques, and over a period the changes will have a big impact in your life.

Mindfulness Strategy for Mastering the Habit of Focus

The mindfulness strategy to master the habit of attaining focus and becoming present for every moment leads to experiencing a higher level of productivity, focus, and satisfaction in life.

You don’t have to master the art of meditation in order to experience positive changes in life. The changes rest on the process of being aware of your experience of anxiety and integrating regular events and moments of life with mindfulness and its practice.

Though most of us spend 15 minutes or so to meditate, we actually have over 16 hours every day to infuse the practice of mindfulness in life’s every single moment. The base of integration is on the idea that every moment provides the opportunity to locate and notice a current shift in our mental state and attention and helps us to rewire our mind.

Here’s How You Can Rewire Your Brain

Step 1

When you’re experiencing anxiety, gain awareness about the direction of your attention. Quite often the focus is chaotic and scattered. Psychologically, this mental habit is known as “mind wandering.”

Step 2

Shift the redirection of your attention to the current moment. It is achievable by directing your attention to an object, sensations, surrounding sounds, your breath or anything that makes you feel good. Don’t have any judgement of what you’re feeling, no matter how anxious you are. Just get into the present moment.

Step 3

The final step is to Rewire – to take just 15 to 30 seconds to really savor this experience and to reinforce the shift you just made at the level of neurobiology.

Notice-Shift-Rewire or NSR is attainable at any place and at any time. This particular practice of integration is not like the regular practice of meditation. You can practice integration over 20 – 40 times per day, without cancelling your daily activities and chores.

Over time, you’re creating new patterns getting yourself into the present moment whenever feelings of anxiety arise.

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Here's what you'll learn:

• How and why to be mindful: There are many simple exercises you can do to bring a mindful attitude to quotidian activities such as eating breakfast, walking the dog, or sitting on the floor to stretch.

• How to meditate: Many beginning meditators have a lot of questions: How should I sit? How long should I meditate? What if it feels awkward or uncomfortable or my foot falls asleep? Am I doing it wrong? In this book, you’ll find simple steps and explanations to answer these questions and demystify meditation. (And no, you’re not doing it wrong).

• How to approach relationships: This section offers tips for interacting with friends and enemies alike and walks you through a loving kindness meditation.

• How to minimize harm: There is a lot of suffering in the world; it’s best for everyone if we try not to add to it. Here you’ll read about the idea of ahimsa (non-harming) and how you might apply it to your actions.

• How to let things go: As Buddhism teaches, excessive attachment (whether we’re clinging to something or actively resisting it) all too often leads to suffering. Practitioners of mindfulness meditation find peace in letting go and accepting things as they are in the moment.

Check it out here.