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Release the critic

Release the critic

Not only is anxiety painful enough, but we often get hit with a second round of self-critical thoughts.

If your judgments make you more anxious, see if you can interrupt your self-critic by dropping into your heart and saying, “May I learn to be kinder to myself.”

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Channel your anxious energy

If your anxiety isn’t severe, you can actually channel that energy into something productive.

For example, if you’re nervously waiting to hear some news, get active—go for a walk, clean, organize, or garden instead.

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Practice tuning into the senses

In moments of moderate to intense anxiety, the 3×3 practice can come in handy.

Drop into 3 of your senses and name 3 things that you notice about them: the things you’re seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, or hearing. This can help interrupt the automatic catastrophic thinking that’s fuelling the anxiety.

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See with new eyes

Take a familiar object from your home and examine it as if you’ve never seen it before.

Is there something you’d forgotten or never noticed before, or is your experience or reaction altered by your interest?

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Anxiety tends to build over time. Through awareness, we can help minimize its effects.

Our anxiety is trying to help us. Our body is trying to tell us it has new needs. Start noticing what makes you anxious and what takes you out, as well as when it happens.

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Change brings uncertainty
When it comes to change, we may not always be able to control the outcome, but we can control our response to it. And that's resilience. It gives you the tools to bounce back from tough situations and thrive in the face of challenges.

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