Positive Distractions

What are Positive Distractions?

I’m not sure if positive distractions is the scientific term, however as a former Buddhist monk I’ve been using these for many years and they really do work.

A positive distraction is something we can use or do to change our mood from a negative, sluggish mood into a more positive and energised attitude. Your own personal mood boosters if you like.

There are a few simple tasks and exercises that we can do to collect together some of these personal mood boosters. These then become our tools to battle when any negativity or dwellings on the past that arises in our minds.

I’m going to share Two with You Today!

This first task is all about realising you have more good happening in your life than bad. Unfortunately sometimes as humans we have the tendency to focus to much on the one or two problems we have in our lives, becoming consumed by these thoughts. We forget to look at the bigger picture and neglect to notice all the good we already have in our lives.

The One Bad Apple

Story demonstrates this point very well.

Finding the 7 Wonders in Your Life

Finding the 7 Wonders of your life will start to shift your perspective from those negative thoughts to focusing more on the positive we already have in our lives. Once this little task is completed we have our very first little tool to combat negativity.

Now let’s create an army of these tools so negativity has no chance to linger longer than needed in our minds.

The second Positive Distraction

There is a scientific rule discovered by Abraham Hicks called the 17 second rule. This means that if we bombard the mind with 17 seconds worth of positivity it has the ability to gather it own momentum and produce further thoughts of the same.

The 20 Second Meditation is using this same scientific approach and turning it into a meditation. For 20 seconds we saying positive things towards ourselves out loud and with passion. Really mean what your saying even if it feels a little alien at first. This is for just 20 seconds so keep going and after a few more moments you start to feel the belief that was your saying to yourself is true. Keep it up for 20 seconds and the mind has shifted into a positive state. It will also have momentum and start to generate its own positivity.

The 20 Second Meditation

A word of caution; even if your depressed this will change your mood, even if for a moment, the momentum will be there but it’s like pushing something heavy up a hill it will need a constant boost of energy now and again to get that momentum from stoping.

Kind regards

Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. A life purpose & Motivational coach who now teaches meditation and mindfulness techniques through the art of storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.


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The 20 Second Meditation

I’ve got another little trick called the 20 Second meditation that I would like to share with you quickly today.

The reason why this is called The 20 Second Meditation is because a meditation is a one pointed concentration on something, generally we focus on our breath. The 20 Second Meditation however is a focus on positivity and similar to that of a mantra meditation.

There is no need to sit crossed legged on the floor, or with your eyes closed I do this walking in the countryside or taking a shower or simply wandering down the street.

Scientifically Based

When in negativity, science tells us that 17 seconds of continuous positivity changes our thought patterns and generates more positivity on its own.

How do I start

For the first time you do this 20 Second Meditation find somewhere quiet and private.

Now For 20 seconds I want you to tell yourself how amazing you are. And I want you to do this out loud, doing this exercise out loud works better than quietly in your mind. I want you to Just keep praising yourself, tell yourself how proud you are of yourself, how wonderful, how amazing, how great, and do it with passion.

Keep going for the full 20 seconds, and you will see the shift inside yourself. Keep going with praise of kindness and positivity for that full 20 Seconds.

Just 20 seconds

At first it feels a little hard and strange but keep going for just 20 seconds and you will feel the shift inside yourself

It’s a bit like pushing a car, the first bit requires effort to get the car rolling, but once moving it will keep rolling for a bit all on its own. Just like your mind, effort to start the shift keep the momentum up for 20 seconds and you can stop. Your mind will keep rolling for a bit with positivity. We have changed our negativity mindset into a positive in just 20 seconds.

I do hope you have fun with this little exercise, and if you follow this website it’s just another tool for you to combat any negativity that may arise.

Kind regards

Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational positive life purpose & Empowerment coach who Teaches Meditation & mindfulness techniques through the art of his original moral stories. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness, motivating and inspiring us to face our everyday problems with a renewed energy and vigour.


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Resistance to change

Things happen in life, sometimes we associate that with the good other times we think it’s bad. But things keep happening wether we like it or not.

The attachment or resistance to that change is what makes us suffer.

I Dhamma Tāpasā had one of those days yesterday, and if it wasn’t for my training and understanding of the human consciousness, it could have been a whole lot worse.

I have no monetary income and rely on the goodness and kindness of people, everything is freely given to me. I was given yesterday 150 euros from a very kind lady who I helped see clearly her suffering. She was so amazed how I willingly sat and listened without judgment that she gave me the entire contents of her purse.

Now where’s this going, that all sounds like a good day. 😂

Around 4 years ago I was given a car to help me get around and keep safe at night. Again freely given for help received. Yesterday was the day it decided enough was enough.

The car broke down on a very busy road and on a very nasty bend. Two lovely Portuguese people stopped to help and we pushed the car a little further of the bend and more out harms way. A tow truck was called and charged me €153.75 my entire money that was just given to me.

To add injury to that price tag, the tow company wouldn’t drop me on the land I’m living at the moment, because they didn’t want to go down the steep hill. So dumped me on a neighbours land at the top of the hill. But still charged me full price.

Now this is where resistance to change makes life so much harder. So why do we resist this sudden change? There is only one reason you resist this change and is also the reason as humans we suffer so unnecessarily.

We have Intellect, and our intelligence is being held too much in high a degree. We all want intelligence, right? We all want a sharp intellect so we can appear wise or smart, we as humans love intelligence and think this is our greatest advantage. Look at all we have created, we can fly like birds, sail the seas like a fish, and we invented all sort of contraptions to make our lives easier and better.

Yet surprisingly the most educated nations in the world are also suffering the most from mental health issues. The most educated nations are contributing to 80% of the destruction of the planet. Does this sound intelligent to you?

I’m here to tell you that your intelligence is causing you all of your problems and your greatest suffering in this life. You suffer because of your memories and imagination. As humans we stay within our intellegence living from memories or imaginations. Your memories from a moment ago to 5, or 10 years previous. We suffer from our imaginations of how life should be or how you want it to be.

We forget to stay in the present moment, and forget that it is only the present moment we have control over. In the present moment you have a choice, a choice to resist or accept.

What are you going to choose today? Accept or resist your day?

Amazingly I awoke this morning and stuck the keys into the ignition, turned it over and it fired instantly into life. I kid you not. Resistance and life is a whole lot harder.

Without resistance, instantly two Portuguese stopped to help, they organised a tow truck and made sure I was safe, I had exactly the money needed to pay the tow company, even though I usually have no money. I could of awoken this morning full of dread of the task at hand, I didn’t resist and the car started first time. No don’t get me wrong there is obviously something a miss with the car and will get it checked as soon as life allows.

Try this for just one day, notice how we resist change or unforeseen events, watch how your intelligence is fighting you with either memories of past events or imaginings of how it should or could be for you. Now try letting go! See what happens. Nothing will change the situation, but it will change how you feel about it. With a bit of practice you will see how instantly life is there to help you.

Now your intellect, if left alone will still be there, it’s part of us, and as humans it will always be there, and it doesn’t go blunt just because you don’t spend all day wrapped up inside of it. It’s very much like ever other part of your body. When we sit we rest our legs. We don’t let them wander around on their own accord, they also don’t complain we are not using them. And your legs are still there when you next choose to use them. Similarly this is how our mind works. Let it go and relax, it will be there when you ask.

Try it and see for yourself. Truth of life is there for everyone to see and not just for those in some religious role. We can all see this direct learning experience if we only try and observe the process.

Kind regards

Dhamma T

The answer to all your problems

How to end your suffering

I have a beautiful task for you this weekend or the coming week ahead, that I think your going to enjoy immensely. This is going to show you the true reality of Yourself, and free you from suffering.

Are you with me?

If you are suffering from a lack of self belief, self confidence, low self esteem, depression, anxiety or stress then this task will show you a life changing miracle. I’m going to show you that you are not suffering from the process of life.

What you are really suffering from are your memories and imaginations, your intelligence of your mind if you like.

Your problem is one of your memories and imagination, you suffer because of memories from 1, 5, or even 10 years ago and your imaginations of what and how life should be.

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Why is this?

Your body is constantly in harmony with life, and the energy of this earth, your body is continuously part of the universe, breathing in the air, processing the food we consume all perfectly in balance and in harmony with nature. And your not trying to control your body to do any of these things, it just happens naturally.

The same conditions apply to your mind. It’s a little thought factory processing and making thoughts from the input of your 5 senses. Our problems arise because we are always trying to interfere, trying to control. We don’t want the negative but want the positive. We have not learnt to let go and just let things be. We control it by trying to hold onto, grasp or attach to what we want and equally what we don’t want. We completely forget that this process of the mind is in complete harmony with the universe. This is the natural process of our consciousness.

And this is what I am going to try and get you to experience. To have a direct learning experience with, clearly seeing and understanding how those thoughts, memories and imaginations of past and future events and experiences are not really you. Just the natural process of your consciousness.

Once we have this direct experience, seeing clearly this process of mind and dance of consciousness that we have no control over, we naturally put a small distance there. We no longer attach we just let it be.

Your mission if you choose to except it

So this weekend or the week ahead, find the time to get deeply immersed in nature, walk, sit and observe. I want you to explore the structure of a leaf, why does that stone or rock look the way it does? how does that ant move it’s body? I want you to contemplate the immense world around you and see how we can never fully grasp nature in its full entirety, but how we can see this same perfect harmony and its entirety within us.

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I’m going to try and get you to see clearly how we can never understand the full entirety of nature, and how this mind is part of this exact same process of nature and in perfect harmony with it.

It has taken billions of years for evolution to create a mind this large, and we are suffering because none of us have bothered to read the operators manual (admittedly we were never given one when we arrived) 😂. We don’t suffer life, life is perfection, we only suffer our mind. It may seem like we suffer life because we become so preoccupied with our own thoughts, it can indeed seem like we suffer life, but life is just that, LIFE. And life is a miracle and so are you a true miracle of life.

This is going to be a wonderful task for you, I know you love nature a lot and I also know your feeling a little down at the moment. So no matter what, go and spend some time in one of your favourite places, nature. Look at everything around you and see how your body and consciousness are part of this nature. Your thoughts are as natural as the trees growing from the soil or the water flowing over the rocks. And our body and mind are one with this harmony.

If I can get you to look deeply into this, and see clearly this process, naturally we put a little distance between us and our thoughts! This will bring so much comfort and relief. We begin to not take those thoughts so seriously and this natural distance is formed.

This doesn’t mean we abandon our minds, no we detach ourselves from the process, after all it’s a never ending affair of thought after thought. We naturally rest our legs and arms when were not using them, so why not let your mind rest, it will be there when we need it.

So go out to the forests, fields and wild places, contemplate this process of the world around you. Enjoy the warming embrace as you discover the truths I’ve shared for yourself. Go immerse yourself in nature. Go get lost and only then can you find your true self.

How do we contemplate this wonder of life?

Go out and get lost in the wild forests fields or mountains around your area, examine the stones and rocks, the grass and trees. Close your eyes and watch yourself breathing, your heart beat, look at the first thought that comes in without judgement, where does it go? Did it disappear? or merge into the next thought? See the relationship of your body and nature, isn’t it the trees that breath in the carbon dioxide we breath out and then give us the oxygen for us to breath. Life is this symbiotic, a perfectly balanced world and so are you, you just need to see your thoughts aren’t you, just this process of nature.

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Ask yourself, am I, my thoughts right now? Can you truly say that this thought is me, mine or I? Can you see how every thought has the ripple effect to create another. Is this you? Or is it the natural process of nature? And can we truly grasp this nature in its entirety?

What this exercise is trying to achieve is a slight distancing from our thoughts.

This is what I’m trying to achieve for you, even if it’s for just a moment, that is all that’s required to truly see the reality of your existence. Just one moment of not attaching to your memories or imagination and you are free! Even if it’s for one moment, this is all you will need to see the truth in reality.

If you keep going down the same path

What happens when you keep taking the same path in life? A path that has kept you feeling, depressed, stressed, angry, anxious and with a lack of self belief and confidence.

It’s exactly like this analogy, If I were to give you a mango to hold in your hand, the first minute or two the weight of the mango doesn’t effect us. If you kept holding the mango for an hour, your arm is going to ache and start to feel soar. If you were to hold that mango for an entire day, your arm is going to feel paralysed. And the weight of the mango, which hasn’t changed, now feels a heavy burden.

This is the same with those negative thoughts. Thinking of your past bad memories for a moment isn’t going to effect us much, holding onto the negative for an hour and our mind starts to ache. A whole day and we can become paralysed by the weight now on our shoulders.

So I want to show you your true reality so you clearly see your perfect existence in this universe, a perfect symbiotic existence that we ourselves interfere with and try to control.

Imagine for a moment your stuck in heavy traffic going to work. How stressful it feels, right. Now imagine seeing the same traffic from above where you can’t hear the hooting of car horns, you just look at the traffic and it’s looks rather nice, no stress is there.

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So this weekend go out and free yourself, see for yourself the truth I tell. For this leads to a liberation of mind, body and soul.

I wish you much success over this weekend my noble warrior, for you are one of the true hero’s of earth.

Much happiness and kind regards

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*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational positive life purpose & Empowerment coach who Teaches Meditation & mindfulness techniques through the art of his original moral stories. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness, motivating and inspiring us to face our everyday problems with a renewed energy and vigour.


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Over 1/4 million unique monthly views

Wow thank you!

Thank you to all our Pinterest followers this is the first time reaching the 1/4 of a million mark in unique monthly views. We have come close a few times and I am overjoyed with the progress.

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I have a vision

I am a trained former Buddhist monk who has escaped the sufferings of his mind. And I now have a vision

This is a vision it is not a mere dream, and someone with a vision doesn’t stop because of a little rejection, a NO to someone with a vision, just means I need to try a different approach.

My vision is to take kindness and compassion and make it viral. I want to show everyone that this kindness and compassion is our own very true nature. How the process we call life is so perfectly in balance, so beautifully natural and kindness and compassion are at the very heart of our life. It is only our own intellect that gets in the way and stopping us from achieving our greatest desires.

Stay with me!

You are not suffering from this wonderful thing we call Life, you are in perfect harmony with this force. Your body is of this natural process consuming foods that come from this miracle we call life, we then fertilise the earth, our lungs breath out the very substance trees need to survive and in return we thrive from what they breath out. Our whole life is in this perfect symbiotic relationship with life.

What you suffer from in life is your intellect, you suffer from memories and imaginations, memories from a moment, to 5 or 10 years ago and from your imagination of how it can or should be for you.

So who am I

The name given to me upon ordination as a Buddhist monk is Dhamma Tāpasā Viraja meaning hermit monk free from dust. Well this hermit is now ready to come out into the world and teach.

Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational life purpose coach and teacher of mindfulness and meditation techniques through the art of his original moral storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months things are going to change on this website. My vision is starting to take shape outside of my mind, and to achieve the impact the world needs I need funding of a monetary kind. Behind the scenes plans are being put into action to make this a reality. This hermit monk is ready to teach a wider audience using his inspiring life story as an example for all who wish too follow.

Join in the progress

If you have goals, dreams and ambitions in life then why not take this opportunity and follow this website, watch how a simple former Buddhist monk uses his knowledge and understanding of the human consciousness to grow and expand into an internationally recognised charity promoting kindness and compassion around the world. Learn the simple techniques needed to thrive and flourish in this world. Learn first hand what it takes to achieve such a vision, and discover your own personal limiting beliefs that may be stopping you from achieving the same.

No matter your educational background, the country your were born in or the political views you hold, no one is excluded, we are all part of the same family, the family of humankind. Now it’s about time we all start to live up to this noble title we have given ourselves and truly become humanKIND.

Can you help?

The best kindness shown is one of sharing. Sharing on social media can have an amazing influence, and help me find the right people I need for the help I require.

You could also share in my progress by filling in your email address below, that way your never miss an article published on this website, but it also gives you insider information as to how we are progressing. Every fortnight we publish a newsletter packed with tips & tricks to help you stay motivated and inspire you to also fulfil your own dreams and goals. A regular update as to how we are progressing and your chance to pose your own questions to Dhamma Tāpasā personally.

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Maybe you have some skills I’m looking for. I am a former Buddhist monk and I understand the greatest computer in the world, our mind. However these plastic ones still allude me sometimes. Maybe you could offer your services to me and become involved in something that is truly purposeful.

If your a company looking to enhance your work place atmosphere and customer relations then get your team involved in this noble cause, offer your in house services, web creation, marketing, sales or customer relations management. All these skills a humble former monk struggles with. Getting your staff involved with such a good cause automatically boosts productivity and positivity throughout the lives of your staff. Kindness once shared grows and speeds faster than any virus. Let’s make Kindness go Viral.

At this precise moment I am trying to raise some much needed funds to transfer this website over to an all in one integrated platform allowing me to give on-line courses, podcasts and to create a positive and inspirational online group where together we motivate each other to greater and greater heights. We are currently looking for $99 USA dollars for this transfer. If this is something you would like to help with then Dhamma Tāpasā has a PayPal link you can use below.

Update: $30 was just donated so we are now only needing $70

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Simply sharing and passing this information on is one of the kindest things you can do, maybe you can’t help us at the moment but someone you know might. Share with your friends. And be part of this kindness revolution.

Anyone who so kindly donates will receive a copy of all the original moral stories found on this website, direct to your inbox.

Kind regards and much happiness to you over the coming week.

Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā has lived without an monetary income for over 4 years, everything is given to him freely, usually for help given. I am not interested in money for myself, I have no desires left only to help and serve others, I desire no fast cars, no fancy houses or expensive clothes. I only wish to serve others and have a vision as how I can achieve this.

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Spiritual teachers of our time

Spiritual teachers & Guru’s in the 21st Century

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The world has seen its fair share of spiritual teachers, as tribal groups there would always be someone we could seek advice, the shaman, witch doctors and wise sages. As humanity settled into greater societies we developed philosophy, meditation, and ever more sophisticated ways of exploring the mind and our consciousness. We have consistently and constantly throughout time sought advice from others. 

This ever changing impermanent world we populate has given rise to some amazing Guru’s, sages, philosophers and spiritual teachers through out the centuries. We have seen the birth of Socrates, Aristotle, the Buddha, Jesus Christ and Confucius to name just a mere few of these wonderful people who shared there knowledge and understanding to help others.

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Today’s spiritual teacher or guru can, as always, be difficult to separate from the hum drum of the real world. Some ask us to invest our time and energy into something they say produce staggering results in next to no time, but at a cost. Some seem to walk the walk or talk the talk but seldom practice that which they preach. personal development through mindfulness, words of wisdom, developing minds, spiritual enlightenment, inspirational advice, change your mindset, commit to sit, spiritual teachers of 21st Century, motivational quotes, changing thought patterns, spiritual awakening,

There are of course in the 21st century some wonderful teachers out there, it just may seem a little crowded with wanna be YouTube stars, or Pinterest and Facebook hero’s quoting or misquoting life lessons, people who may have little to no life experience.

My personal search

Before I became an ordained Buddhist Monk in North Thailand I went through many frustrating years following the advice of one teacher then the next, only to find my own life experience differed from those teachings.

I travelled in search of answers looking first towards South America and the Indian shaman’s, who taught me that The Earth is our Mother. I ventured further and sought out our ancestral roots within Africa, finding some of the indigenous tribes people still left who taught me wisdom doesn’t come from school.

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After all this searching, as if by chance, I met a simple Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the greatest spiritual teachers alive today. Thanks to his wonderful compassion, wisdom and guidance, I found my search for a teacher over. Every word he spoke to me resonated deep within my soul, sparking a realisation I had been seeking for years.

Now it’s your turn

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I really hope you find your spiritual teacher, someone that can also spark that magic Thich Nhat Hanh did for me. To help you out we thought it might be useful for a small list of trustworthy people, alive today, who really do know there stuff. Please feel free to help with any suggestions, someone special to you. Click on the highlighted name for more information.

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Is a Buddhist monk who set up Plum village monastery in France, as well as many others. He was nominated for the noble peace prize and a prolific author of some 100 books. A true real life saint.

Jack Kornfield:

A trained Buddhist monk under the tutelage of Ajahn Chah, one of the original 1960’s hippy trail travellers caving a path towards a spiritual East. A wonderful author of many many enlightening books of meditation and mindfulness.

Deepak Chopra:

Indian born American spiritual author, public speaker and advocate of alternative medicine, and a celebrated author in the self help category

Mooji:

Jamaican born Mooji is a spiritual guru filled with loving kindness. He became a spiritual teacher in 1999 when a group of spiritual seekers became his students, and began to produce books, CDs, and videos of his teachings

Ajahn Brahm

Is a British born Australian Buddhist monk from the Thai forest tradition and tutored under the auspicious Ajahn Chah. He now resides in Perth, Australia and Abbot Of Bodhinyana Monastery, a wonderfully entertaining and funny speaker and lecturer.

Dhali Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama, born as Tenzin Gyatso and is the current spiritual leader of Tibet. Tenzin was born in the small village of Taktser in Tibet and became the spiritual leader at the tender age of 15 years old. A remarkable man of humble origins.

How a spiritual teacher can help

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My life dramatically changed after meeting Thich Nhat Hanh and from that moment onwards. I committed wholeheartedly to practice meditation and mindfulness and discover the workings of my own mind. I travelled to Asia and ordained as a Buddhist monk, a journey that took many years in itself, I spent many happy years living and training in meditation and mindfulness within the monastic surroundings of Thailand.

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I decided to return to Europe, where I wander the countryside with my adopted street dog Marley Moo, together we teach and write moral stories, however it has come at the cost of loosing all monetary assistance from my monastery. This caused a few problem and made me question my beliefs and ideas, I am now in my 12th year, or 12th rains, as a Monk and I spend my days in continuous practice of the discovery of myself. It is again only by chance I find myself now in the position where it is I who can give back.

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Dhamma Tāpasā

The 21 Proven Ways to Beat Anxiety

Anxiety and it’s Causes

Anxiety can be a crippling disease of mind, it’s a feeling of fear or apprehension of something yet to come and in extreme cases is devastating to your life.

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Calming Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can cause your heart rate to rise, heart palpitations, and chest pain. You may also be at increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

The 5 ways of Categorising Anxiety

According to the National Health Service from the United Kingdom Of Great Britain we generally put the effects of Anxiety into 5 categories, these are

Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Described as an excessive amount of worry, stress or anxiety which may include symptoms such as depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association Of America (ADAA) Generalised Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed as extreme worry about a variety of things which leads to continuous anxiety and lasts for a period of 6 months and longer.

Social Anxiety Disorder: This is the paralysing fear of social involvement and situations usually leaving the person suffering feeling alone, isolated and ashamed.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: OCD is an overwhelming sense to perform certain tasks a certain way over and over again. This experience of intrusive nature of thoughts can give rise to chronic stress.

Panic Disorder: Is characterised by unexpected and sometimes repeated episodes of intense fear, physical symptoms include but not limited too, chest pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, dizziness and or abdominal pain.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Stress caused after a dangerous and scary event. Example would be experiencing war, a deadly storm or almost drowning. This is known as Traumatic Stress and can lead to PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder

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Mind Matters and Anxiety

How to cope with Anxiety

There are many methods we can use to cope and indeed combat anxiety and it’s associated symptoms, here is a quick list that may help, it is by no means comprehensive and if you feel you know something which may help others please feel free to share. I will credit you and add your pearl of wisdom.

  • Take time out

  • Slowly count to 10

  • Try a little basic yoga

  • Eat a well balanced diet

  • Talk to someone

  • Keep a journal

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway

  • Accept you can not control everything

  • Self Awareness

  • Make sure you get enough sleep

  • Maintain a positive attitude

  • Try to get outside in fresh air and the sunlight

  • Limit your intake of caffeine and Alcohol

  • De-clutter

  • Try the gift of giving

  • Accept you are feeling anxious

If you feel there is something left off this list, maybe you have an idea that may help others, then please feel free to add a comment below, I will credit you and add your pearl of wisdom to the list.

Kind regards

Dhamma Tapasa