This month’s soother is simple but extremely effective: TALK TO YOURSELF ALOUD (trust us, the aloud part really makes a difference)
- Explain to yourself what is happening by labeling the experience:
“What I’m feeling is anxiety. It is very uncomfortable, but that is what anxiety feels like.”
- Choose a mantra (a repeated word or phrase) and say it to yourself. Some of our favorites are:
“Breathe in. Breathe out.
“This too shall pass.”
“I am okay.”
- Keep talking until the anxiety subsides. Which it will. We promise.