Anxiety is universal. The American Psychological Association defines it as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, troubling thoughts, and physical changes such as increased blood pressure.” Most people experience it in their life sooner or later. Celeb understood. Beyoncé said relying on a ritual to calm down, Dakota Johnson managed her mental health during the lockdown by practicing meditation, which made a difference for her as well as for Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga.
While singer Lizzo invited Instagram followers for a live meditation by saying a mantra to encourage calm in this time of global crisis. During the video, the pop star spoke directly with the fans: “We will come together and take deep breaths to try to eliminate the fear as much as possible, as we work together during this time that puts us to the test”.
Because, we know well, that tAmong the consequences of Covid-19 there is an exponential increase in anxiety due to the overcrowding of thoughts due to the uncertainties of the future. Here then, following the example of celebs, mantras come into play, or repeated phrases that aim to stabilize the mind and direct it to a single focused point. In fact, if the mind tends to float in the past or in the future, using mantras to KO anxiety can help bring us into the present. Research has shown that decanting them can calm the area of the brain responsible for self-evaluation and wandering, while a 2016 study found that utter If for ten minutes it increased the participants’ concentration and improved their mood, making them feel more connected to themselves and to each other.
Ma how, exactly, can a mantra be used to put anxiety in a corner? According to Marlynn Wei, author of Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga, first of all you choose a moment of the day to dedicate to this daily practice. Then, take a comfortable sitting position, then close or lower your eyes. It’s okay to start with 5-10 minutes and even go up to 20 or more. Some recite the mantras aloud while others do it silently. Similarly to count mantras, some use a beaded thread while others simply use their fingers. No matter the method, everyone has their own: what matters is to find the mantra for everyone.
In the gallery we have collected the most popular Sanskrit mantras for anxiety (vade retro!) That gurus recommend to calm the mind and relieve stress. Ready to do Ommmmmmmmm (and not only)?