How to calm anxiety down. The 3-3-3 method.
Truth bomb: Anxiety can’t thrive when we focus on the present.
If you’ve spent a good portion of your life feeling anxious, describe yourself as a natural born worrier or have been feeling more anxious of late, please know this.
(a) You’re not alone in feeling this way
(b) You absolutely can change your mindset from I’m an anxious person to I’m a person who sometimes has anxious thoughts
(c) You can learn how to calm anxiety down even when you’re in the thick of an anxious episode
After struggling with anxiety for years I genuinely believed that this was simply how I was made.
That I was destined to forever live my life imaging the worst case scenario, to not take the chance because I was too scared and generally behave like a fun sponge.
*Fun sponge – literally sucking the life out of anything fun.
It was only when I started working on myself, investing in my own personal development and using the tools that I’m going to share with you today, that my life actually started to change.
The first and most simple tool I began using was the 3-3-3 method.
It’s an effective but straightforward exercise that is a great starting point when you’re beginning to learn how to calm anxiety down.
This is a tool I would use often a number of years ago when I worked in a stressful job and 9 times out of 10 it would make me feel more in control of whatever situation I found myself in.
The 3-3-3 Method
As I mentioned in the opening – Anxiety can’t thrive when we focus on the Present.
The 3-3-3 method aims to help you do just that. To focus on the present and what’s going on around you in that very moment.
When you feel anxious or overwhelmed you might experience one or all of the following symptoms
A racing mind
Tight feeling in your chest