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Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness For Dummies by Joelle Jane Marshall

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Chapter 12

Ten Mindful Attitudes for Easing Anxiety

In This Chapter

  • Seeing the world from new perspectives
  • Uncovering mindful attitudes
  • Understanding how mindful attitudes help your anxiety

Your attitude about something can change everything. In this chapter, you explore a range of attitudes that can help with your mindfulness practice and in daily life as well. After all, mindfulness is a way of living and not just a set of practices to do whenever you remember, and so using these attitudes on a daily basis helps you consistently.

All these ten attitudes overlap, and through mindfulness, you find that they help strengthen each other, leading to greater levels of wellbeing.

Here are ten mindful attitudes that can help to ease your anxiety.

Practising Present-Moment Awareness

In essence, mindfulness is a present-moment awareness. The more mindful you are, the more aware you are of your surroundings, your thoughts and feelings, any task at hand and any physical or bodily sensations.

If you're very anxious, being naturally aware is quite difficult. For example, you may not be aware of your negative thoughts, the tension in your jaw or any other physical or physiological sensations your anxiety is causing.

For example, when I was studying at university, I was feeling really anxious. I had lots of negative thoughts about the fact that I may not achieve a good grade. My shoulders and jaw were tense. Actually, all I needed was a few regular breaks and some fresh air to help recharge ...

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