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Three Ways to Calm an Anxious Mind
Last Updated: 6/12/2020 1:07 PM

Student Assistance Counselors

          Mrs. Carol Candelario                                               Mrs. Catherine Lomauro

      carol.candelario@montville.net                                     catherine.lomauro@montville.net

 

The Student Assistance Counselors (SAC) are available

to students in grades 9-12. 

We are actively working to provide student support.  We will be providing suggestions and information that encourage emotional well-being.  Access to these resources may be posted on the School Counseling websites, Teacher Pages, Schoology and via email. 

SAC'S will be available via email Mondays - Fridays.  Should you need to speak to us, you  can schedule appointments with the SAC via email for future phone correspondence.  Please be advised that we do not have access to school phones/voicemail during this time.

 

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   THREE WAYS TO CALM AN ANXIOUS MIND          

Stress and anxiety are a part of life, especially during these times of uncertainty—but they don't need to control your day.

Here are three ways to help calm an anxious mind from Dr. Elisha Goldstein.

1. Release the critic
 
Anxiety is painful enough, but we often get hit with a second round of self-critical thoughts. Ask yourself a question: Do the judgments make you more or less anxious? The answer is almost always, more. When you notice the self-critic, see if you can interrupt it by dropping into your heart and saying, “May I learn to be kinder to myself.”

2. Practice tuning into the senses
 
In moments of moderate to intense anxiety, the 3×3 practice can come in handy. Drop into three of your senses and name three things that you notice about them. In other words, name three things you’re seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, or hearing. This can help interrupt the automatic catastrophic thinking that’s fueling the anxiety.

3. Channel your anxious energy

Not all anxiety is bad. Like most mental events, anxiety lies on a spectrum. When you’re feeling a lot of anxious energy that could be stress or courage building up. Either way, we need to release that. If your anxiety isn’t severe, you can actually channel that energy into something productive. If you’re nervously waiting to hear some news for example, get active—go for a brisk walk, clean, or garden instead.
Read more or watch the video version on mindful.org.

 

 

 

 

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