published in the Republican April 2020

With everything going on in the world, it is very common to feel anxious, especially with the overwhelming news circulating around to make things more confusing. 

Anxiety can also be dangerous for our health, both physically and mentally.  The symptoms are nervousness, feeling tense and panicky.  It can cause rapid heart rate, rapid breathing and trembling.  Many people have difficulty focusing or sleeping.

I have learned many ways to deal with anxiety from my spiritual teacher Gabrielle Bernstein.  One tool I use daily is called the choose again method.  It has three steps, starting with acknowledging the fearful or negative thought.  The second step is to forgive the thought.  The last step is to choose a positive, loving thought.

I also depend on breathing exercises.  For example, taking a deep breath and releasing all of the tension from the exhale.  Another good exercise is placing your hand over your heart and focusing on your heartbeat, filling you with love.

Meditation is a part of my daily life.  I like to practice visual meditation, where you focus on an object, leading you to be calm and peaceful.  You can also repeat a mantra, such as I am safe, and I am healthy.  My favorite one is love, peace and happiness.

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