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I love the simple strategy to handle stress/anxiety in the post below! I hope it helps you the next time things threaten to spin out of control.

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

I recently saw an article about a method of controlling one’s anxiety. I don’t remember where I saw it, and there are a bunch of websites that talk about it, but I will give my credit to mayoclinichealthsystem.com, because they came up first when I googled it.

Here’s the deal: Next time you are feeling anxious, try the following exercise:

Sit. Stop. Breathe>

  1. Notice 5 things you can see
  2. Notice 4 things you can touch/feel
  3. Notice 3 things you can hear
  4. Notice 2 things you can smell
  5. Notice 1 thing you can taste

If I was feeling anxious as I write (but let’s face it the anxiety is in hitting PUBLISH) I would use this exercise in following way:

I can see:

  1. My pen holder that says WRITE (a gift from a writing buddy)
  2. My coaster that looks like the cover of Green Eggs and Ham (A gift from my…

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  1. This is really similar to the grounding practice that I use when things spiral out of control in my mind. I take deep breaths and notice my 5 senses and talk through each one. It’s a very grounding practice and helps to make all anxious thoughts disappear.

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