Whenever you feel a tinge of anxiety coming on, for whatever reason, train yourself to focus on your breathing right away. Here’s one way to do it:
1. Inhale deeply, counting to 2.
2. Hold it for 2 seconds.
3. Let it out slowly for 2 seconds.
4. Wait 2 seconds before inhaling again.
Make sure you make strange noises when you exhale. Sometimes I do that without thinking and people look at me weird.
All this focus on breathing helps you avoid catastrophizing about anything. Also it’s a great signal to your brain to RELAX right this instant.
Another trick for warding off anxiety is to look at the sky, the one outside, not your popcorn ceiling at work!