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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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.
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.”
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?
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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