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Living in the Present

It continues to be such a difficult time. The life we used to have back in early March already feels like a long time ago. The future looks like a lot of question marks, with no certain answers. There probably has never been a better time to practise mindfulness to keep anxiety under control. When we worry about the future, our stress levels soar while we become mentally absent, turning over in our minds problems we can't solve. The quickest way to get your stress levels down is to breathe deeply and slowly and get yourself back into the present by paying deliberate attention for a few minutes to what is happening right now around you and inside you. Try counting these: five things you can see, four things you can hear, three things you can feel, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. (If you can't taste anything right now, just add an Easter Egg!) This process disengages the anxious part of your brain, and gets you back into reality. It works best if you go outside, or just open a window. Try doing this every day to keep managing anxiety.


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