unwinding anxiety like 5-4-3-2-1

Here’s a relatively simple technique that I use to unwind anxiety

The 5-4-3-2-1 technique

I got this from Brit Frank’s book “The Science of Stuck”

How I unwind anxiety and also me wearing a furry hat

Notice the following:
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you can touch
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste

Usually a single cycle is enough for me, but I can also keep repeating it until I feel well-anchored in the present and can feel deeper peace and mindfulness.

Why it works

Anxiety lives in the future.

This technique anchors me to the present where I can get unstuck from a negative spiral that anxiety draws me into.

If you try it, would love to know how it works for you!