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4 ways to mentally reset when you’re feeling anxious

How do we regain calm when we’re feeling anxious? Neuroscientist Dr Emilia Molimpakis reveals her four-step method. 

When you’re in the midst of anxiety’s grip, it can feel like an all-consuming, permanent state of being. But it’s important to remember that the voice telling you that everything is awful and you’re eternally doomed is not coming from a place of fact or logic. It’s talking absolute nonsense, in fact, because there are absolutely ways to steer out of this headspace and get back to a place of calm. 

Preparation is key. It’s important that when you’re not in an anxious state, you work up an action plan for when anxiety does rear its head. That way, you can go straight to your arsenal of tools when you’re having a panic and need to feel OK again. 

What tools, we hear you ask? These four ways to mentally reset, recommended by neuroscientist Dr Emilia Molimpakis, are a great place to start. 

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