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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 16, 2020

Stress and anxiety are a part of life, especially during uncertain times, but they don't need to control us. Here are three ways to calm an anxious mind from Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and founder of the Mindful Living Collective. First, “release the critic.” That means banishing self-critical thoughts that compound existing anxiety. Then, “tune into the senses” by using the 3×3 practice. Concentrate on three of your senses and then name three things you notice about them. This can help interrupt the automatic catastrophic thinking that’s fueling the anxiety. Finally, “channel your anxious energy.” If your anxiety isn’t severe, you can actually channel that energy into something productive such as going for a walk, cleaning, organizing or gardening. Read more or watch Goldstein’s video on the topic from Mindful.org.