I know it sounds like the perfect time to meditate, but it’s not.
Meditating when anxious can work, sort of, but it's very temporary, and often it’s just one big struggle keeping still (in mind & body).
That’s because when you’re stressed or anxious, you’re in fight-or-flight mode. Try closing your eyes, getting still, and focusing on your breath, or a mantra, or a visualization technique while your house is on fire.
At this point, your natural instinct is to put out the fire.
You don’t wait to have a cavity to start brushing your teeth (hopefully!). Similarly with meditation, the magic is in incorporating a simple practice into your life now and not wait until you’re in pain.
Before you know it, your anxiety no longer controls your daily life and you’ll be able to tap into that meditative space standing up with your eyes open.
When anxiety becomes the less frequent visitor, your mind will be trained to listen and respond to it with loving care rather than go into flight or flight (aka internal freak out) mode.
This translates into: you’ll move out of stress shockingly fast.
Here's what you can do if you’re anxious now and can’t tap into that meditative space…
Then habit stack: immediately follow any or all of the above up by going into a breath or mantra meditation, and let yourself go into the rabbit hole of curiosity.