21. Engage your senses.
Your senses help ground you into your present reality and the circumstances that are happening around you instead of the fears and anxieties that are bombarding your mind. The more you use your senses to engage with the world around you, the less power anxiety has over your mind. When you eat, don’t wolf down your food as quickly as you can. Be mindfully aware as you taste the different flavors in what you are eating. Whether you are sitting down or up and walking, pay attention to the sounds you hear and what those sounds tell you about the world. Are birds singing? Maybe the sun is out and the day is lovely.
Instead of staring at your computer screen and imagining terrible things happening, take time to look around and take note of the things you see around you. Maybe you will notice things that were always there, but you had never paid attention to. When you touch something, even just a door handle or your shirt sleeve, pay attention to how it feels. Your sense of smell can play an essential role in taming anxiety. Some scents, such as vanilla and lavender, are proven to start a chemical reaction inside the body that reduces anxiety. Other scents, such as those that remind you of pleasant childhood memories, are calming and relaxing. Consider lighting some aromatherapy candles and using a diffuser for essential oils at home.