WORDS TO EASE ANXIETY

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.