It is back to school week here and the house is full of nerves, and because we feed off of energy that surrounds us, it also means that I am feeling more anxious than normal. I recently read a trick for anxiety that has been one of the most useful tools I have come across.

It starts with taking several deep breaths (of course).

Then, you have a conversation with yourself.

You check in with your body - what are your physical symptoms? Name each one individually. Just doing this seems to make me feel automatically better. Is there one symptom you can help to control - such as slowing down your shallow breathing? Sitting up straighter so that your stomach unclenches? 

I don't know why this trick works so well, but it has an immediate calming effect on me.