coping with anxiety -5 step technique
With so much going on in our lives its hard not to feel anxious. We all have our everyday lives: school, work, errands, while trying to balance relationships with significant others, family and friends. Not to mention the unexpected things that life hits you with, sometimes through no fault of your own you are thrown a bad situation. For instance getting fired, death of loved one, unhealthy work environment, stress of workload, relationship drama etc.. It can all pile on really quick and result in feeling anxious or having a panic attack.
Especially with the uncertainty of COVID-19 there is a lot more stress we face in our daily live.
Sometimes when your in your head too much you feel the weight and stress of the world and you need a method to bring you back into the moment and clear your mind. This method is one of those methods that requires nothing but you, you can do it anywhere : 5 senses technique
5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, anything in your surroundings.
4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. It could be your hair, a pillow, or the ground under your feet.
3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. This could be any external sound. If you can hear your belly rumbling that counts! Focus on things you can hear outside of your body.
2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. Maybe you are in your office and smell pencil, or maybe you are in your bedroom and smell a pillow. If you need to take a walk to find a scent you could smell soap in your bathroom, or nature outside.
1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste. What does the inside of your mouth taste like—gum, coffee, or the sandwich from lunch?