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Everyone feels anxious now and then. But there are things you can do to minimize those feelings. Rosean Bishop, Ph.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota, suggests trying the exercise below the next your mind is stuck on the worry setting.
Sit quietly. Look around you and notice:
- 5 things you can see: Your hands, the sky, a plant on your colleague’s desk.
- 4 things you can physically feel: Your feet on the ground, a ball, your friend’s hand.
- 3 things you can hear: The wind blowing, children’s laughter, your breath.
- 2 things you can smell: Fresh-cut grass, coffee, soap.
- 1 thing you can taste: A mint, gum, the fresh air.
“This exercise helps you shift your focus to your surroundings in the present moment and away from what is causing you to feel anxious,” says Dr. Bishop. “It can help interrupt unhealthy thought patterns.”