During my senior year in high school I was one of the hosts of an event where until now I can vividly remember the feeling of a full blown anxiety. When one of the speakers went on stage and delivered a speech, what I did was, which I am not proud of, I hid under a table. Imagine that? At that time I thought I was just shy but what the heck? I was the President of my class and a Secretary of the entire HS so being shy wasn’t the problem. I think.
It was in College where I became a mute; introvert to the highest level. I would refrain from going to crowded places and I would only talk to very few of my classmates. I would panic during exams even if I studied well. My heart would beat so fast whenever my name is called for a recitation. Maybe I got overwhelmed with the number of people I interact with? I don’t know. And I didn’t tell a single soul of what I was feeling during those times.
Fast forward to 2017, I still have anxiety issues.
Two years ago, I started reading about meditation whenever I read articles about handling stress or living a happier life. Most of articles say that meditation is one of the best ways to help fight anxiety. I was interested in the idea but I never got to practice it. From time to time I read about meditation articles from people I follow on Twitter so I am always reminded about it. This year, one of my goal is to practice meditation.
According to a Huffington Post article the following are the benefits of meditation.
- Meditation reduces stress.
- It improves concentration.
- It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
- It increases happiness.
- Meditation increases acceptance.
- It slows aging.
- The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.
So, I think I need to meditate to calm myself. Right? Universe, help me.