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54321- Overcoming Stress & Anxiety

Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us learn and grow or can cause us significant problems.

Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee).

If we don't take action, the stress response can create or worsen health problems.

Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging.

The most common grounding technique for anxiety attacks is the 54321 method. In this, you identify…

5 things you can see

4 things you can feel

3 things you can hear

2 things you can smell

1 thing you can taste

Taste is sometimes hard to identify, so you could substitute that by thinking of your favorite thing to taste. Some versions of the 54321 grounding method say to name one thing you like about yourself. Regardless of how you approach this, the goal is to identify elements in the world around you. As your mind begins to focus on these things, it will be less focused on the sudden rush of anxiety. This will help slow your heart rate, control your breathing, and make you feel better overall.

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