Worrying and anxiety is generally focused on the future or the past. As a result you could be worried what might happen and what you’ll do about it. Or worried about about the things you’ve said or done. Our minds are calmest when we are focusing on the here and now or ‘in the moment’ and mindfulness can help.
Breathing exercises can help you focus your mind on the present as each breath we take is in the present moment. See our self help guide on breathing exercises.
It can also help to pay attention to the way your body feels. Consider what’s going on in your mind, like an observer of what is going on for you in that particular moment. Watching our thoughts as if they were a film passing in front of our eyes. Changing our thought patterns from future worries or past memories can be challenging so try and make time each day to practice.
At first, you’ll probably find that your mind keeps wandering back to your worries. Try not to get frustrated. Each time you notice it happening, gently bring your mind back to the present.