When we feel anxious, we go ‘inside our heads’ – we become more and more aware of what we are thinking, feeling and experiencing, and less engaged in everything else.

Everything else becomes less noticeable and relevant as those anxious thoughts and feelings become stronger and take more control. You may be thinking about what you are saying, how you are coming across, how you look, what others are thinking and whether anyone else is noticing all your anxiety. You may feel your heart pounding, your body shaking and your mind racing.

To take back control you need to shift your attention and start to take notice of those things going on outside yourself.

Quickly Lower Anxiety

To quickly lower anxiety you need to shift your attention from all the anxiety that is going on inside to what is going on around you. This external focus is what you will already do when you are deeply engaged in a conversation with a good friend or you are absorbed in a really good TV programme.

So do this: the next time you feel anxious, make a deliberate point of observing and remembering five things in the environment around you. You may remember the pictures on the walls, the colour of someone’s clothes, someone’s name, the sound of the music etc.

The more you practice this throughout your day, the quicker you will start taking back control over that anxiety. 

Dan Regan

Hypnotherapy Ely & Newmarket