Mental Health and Wellbeing

Think of the Anxiety-Inducing Situation as a Meditation

There may be certain situations in your life that tend to trigger anxiety. One of mine is music performances. I find it helps to think of those situations as a form of meditation.

I do this by visualising myself in my own bubble of calm, separate from the events that are taking place around me. Then I focus on my breathing and the sensations in my body. Rather than judging and analysing what is going on, I just let the outside events wash over me. I take each moment as it comes, letting go of any thoughts or anticipation over what might happen next.

Of course, it not always easy to put all this into practice. However, just getting into the mindset of ‘practising a meditation’ really helps me to feel calmer and view the situation as a positive thing. It gives an additional purpose to the situation by making it into a personal development tool. By focusing on that, it turns the situation into something different in my mind and distracts me from whatever it was that would usually make me anxious.

Do you have any go-to methods for relieving anxiety? Next time you are in an anxiety-inducing situation, I encourage you to give this a try. I would love to know if it works for you – let me know in the comments!

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Calmness Mini Tip No. 2 - Think of the Anxiety-Inducing Situation as a Meditation


  1. Thank you for this. The last time I was anxious about something, I thought of meditation. But I hesitated doing it because I didn’t think it would help the situation. I’m quite glad it worked for you. Next time, I would definitely give meditation a go, let’s see how it works.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Good luck, I hope it works for you next time!

  2. Such a helpful post! Definitely needed in these scary uncertain times! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      You’re welcome, glad you found it helpful!

  3. I love this! I’m always trying to “trick” my brain into calming down before an event that’s making me anxious, so I’ll definitely try this one in future. It’s a great way to reframe a scary thing as a positive thing!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I really hope it works for you! It’s funny how we can ‘trick’ our brains into doing things! I guess the more we do it, the more we re-wire our brains to be calm 🙂

  4. I know this isn’t your latest but it really caught my attention. I tend to just let things get on top of me so I love this approach and will definitely be something I’ll try as a way of handling situations that might feel daunting otherwise. Great post.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you, I hope it works for you if you give it a try! 😊

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