Meditation/Mindfulness is talked of a lot on the forum as tool to help cope with the anxiety & depression that accompanies AF but many don't know how or where to start so this is for you guys.
I just found this link for those who would like some guidance as to 'how to' without attending classes or therapy.
There are lots of silences in all of the tapes so don't think something has gone wrong when it goes quiet for several moments - that is the point - end of the tape is signalled by a bell.
It's free and you don't have to sign up so no promo emails!
Coping with the anxiety & depression is the hardest part of living with any chronic disease and meditation has a good scientific evidence base for improving mental health and physical well being.
The principles are very simple - when we become anxious we tend to 'speed up' and our worry thoughts feed back into physiology which feedback into thoughts and the chronic anxiety spiral starts - we need to interrupt this cycle by slowing down - starting with just 5 mins a day will help and everyone can find 5 mins a day,
Personally I use 7/11 breathing technique when I am anxious - breath in for count of 7 and out for 11 - if that is too much in the beginning then try reducing not the counts but the important bit is that you breath out for longer than breath in. When breathing in do focus on your breath down to the bottom of your lungs and start to feel and use your diaphragm to control your breathing so you will be pushing your diaphragm into your stomach on breath in and pushing breath upwards on the out.
You can help yourself, just takes a few moments a day,