Cognitive Distraction Methods


The human mind has trouble focusing simultaneously on two preoccupations.  For example, if you are so focused on your presentation content, you can forget how you are doing and be without anxiety.

Some people use Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a Cognitive Distraction Method.  TM encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking, helps to alleviate stress and reduces blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.

Select a word that has meaning for you, a mantra, such as “harmony” or “peace”.  Sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and relax your muscles.  Breathe slowly and naturally while continually repeating your mantra only in your mind without any speech.  Gently disregard any intrusive thought and return to your mantra. Practice TM twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening for about fifteen to twenty minutes each session.  You may increase TM benefits if you lay down for five minutes after each session.

TM rarely changes your anxiety philosophy, so practice TM and Disputing of Irrational Beliefs together.


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