This quick technique can help you let go of anxieties and feel calmer:
- Say ‘STOP’ firmly to yourself.
- Breathe out fully.
- Drop your shoulders and unclench your hands.
- Count slowly from five down to one.
- Take a moment.
- Repeat if needed
Concentrate on one task
Find one thing that you can do now: put the kettle on, go for a short walk, put on calming music, or do a simple domestic task.
Focus completely on the task, talking yourself through each step.
Be aware of what’s happening – such as the sound of the music, people walking past or the noise the iron makes. Try counting the sounds you can hear.
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Write things down
Write down some of the things that are worrying you. Pick 3 that you can tackle.
Write a quick action plan for each. Decide if other people can help you and what your next steps will be.