Mindfulness / Self-Compassion to Calm Anxiety
Self-compassion is part of Mindfulness, and it helps to reduce negative thinking and rumination (obsessive or repetitive thinking) while activating the self-soothing states of the brain.
A core component of self-compassion is the understanding that you are not alone in what you are experiencing.
Put both hands on your stomach and remind yourself that anxiety is actually a common part of the human experience. You are not alone in what you are feeling and struggling with right now. In this very moment, there are thousands if not millions of people who are experiencing the same or very similar feelings. You are not alone.
(*Adapted from and thanks to Elisha Goldstein, PhD)