The feeling of anxiety or even feeling a bit “off center” can produce issues ranging from distraction and irritability, to wanting to crawl out of our skin or just run away and hide.
If you’ve experienced these feelings, you know how challenging they can be and the bumpy road they can lead us down.
Essentially, when anxious thoughts have taken over, we have left our body and the present moment. We are spinning somewhere in the future or the past.
Here is a simple sensory technique called 54321.
Whether it is the middle of the night and your head is racing or a stressful situation that seems all consuming, we can use our senses to find calm and stability.
I’ve been waking up around 3am lately and my mind is like a monkey jumping around in a cage. Not many thoughts are rational at 3am.
I’ve used this technique a few times recently and I find it to be like an anchor that holds a boat within a tumultuous sea. I return to center and fall back to sleep.