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Reduce the feeling of anxiety

There is an attention-training exercise that can reduce the feeling of anxiety.

Spend a few minutes each day practising the following:

  • Listen to all the sound around you - the people chattering, birds singing, the sound of traffic.
  • Look around you and try to notice colours and shadows. You may notice different shades of green or interesting shapes of shadows.
  • Play a music track and practice listening to one instrument at a time.

These small practices can help you move your attention to something different, rather than being focused on yourself.

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