This strategy was adapted from Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and author of the best-selling Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.
Anxiety is always about either:
a) the future (worries and “what if” thoughts), or
b) the past (dwelling on what happened, second-guessing, etc)
Reduce anxiety by intentionally dwelling on the NOW. In this one single moment, are you alright? It may not be perfect, or ideal. You may feel some pain in the now (physical or emotional). But are you safe and OK and basically alright just for this one moment of now?
You are probably alright. Right now. Use this strategy many times throughout your day to bring yourself back into the peace of the present moment.