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When you're overwhelmed, it can be difficult to focus on anything other than your nervous energy, much less figure out how to overcome it. Even breathing exercises can sometimes cause you to become even more agitated. Holding your nose to do alternate nostril breathing can be embarassing and remembering to count while trying to prolong your breath can sometimes overwhelm you even more.

The key to soothing this distress (especially if your anxiety flareups are random) is a quick grounding exercise. One that's super easy to do.


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Why Do We Feel Overwhelmed?

Board-certified psychologist and behavioral sleep doctor Shelby Harris explains that, oftentimes, feelings of overwhelm occur when your fight-or-flight response is activated without an obvious stimulus....


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3. Allow Yourself To Worry About Only 3 Things At A Time

Allow yourself to worry about only 3 things at any given time. Once you have the 3 you allow yourself to think about, that's it you're maxed out. If you see another thing that will potentially make you worry, you either have to let go of 1 of your initial 3, or you choose not to add the last one...


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2. The Rule Of 3

Now, here's where the Rule of 3 comes in.

Its as simple as naming 3 things. 3-3-3 of certain groups, that can actually ground you in the moment and creating mindfulness that forces you to think of something—anything!—to bring you back to the present moment.

Though some would suggest s...


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1. But First: See It, Recognize It And Accept It

Take a moment to see it, identify it and accept it. Affirm that its s ok to feel unexplained anxiousness. Do not brush it under the carpet or insist on a ‘good vibes' approach to how you feel. Instead, change how you view the situation.

In a study of college students assigned to give a spee...


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Jack of all people-related trades, master of none. Majored in Psychology, Customer Service Assoc for a few Years, HR Officer for 4, Manager and ESL Teacher for over 11 yrs now, an artist since birth.

It's helpful to have a simple tool readily available that you csn use for overwhelming situations without having to cue up a guided meditation or scroll through Google

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