Anxiety is nasty.
It is an unpleasant feeling, and it holds us back from doing things that we love. That doesn’t mean we are doomed. There are many ways to help reduce anxiety— it all depends on what fits our lifestyle.
Here is a quick five minute ritual to help collect your thoughts and get your breathing under control. This has helped me in times of chaos with limited resources.
1. Find a quiet place with low light. Turn your phone on silent and put it away out of your sight.
2. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing— breathe in for 4 seconds hold it for 7 seconds and exhale for 7 seconds.
4. Tell yourself that this moment will not last and everything will go back to normal shortly.
5. Say out loud: “This wave will pass, I will breathe again”.
Repeat for five minutes.