Try This “5-4-3-2-1” Trick the Next Time You’re Stressed

The next time you’re feeling anxious or stressed, here’s a quick trick backed by psychologists:  It’s called the “5-4-3-2-1” trick, and it’s all about helping you focus on the here and now.


It’s like meditation, but easier.  The idea is to focus on your five senses instead of what’s stressing you out.  Here are the five steps . . .


1.  Think of five things you can SEE right now, and they can be anything.  Like a tree, the sky, or even your own hands.


2.  Think of four things you can physically FEEL right now.  Like your heartbeat, or how warm the sun is.


3.  Listen for three things you can HEAR.  Like wind blowing, the traffic around you, or the sound of someone’s voice.


4.  Think of two things you can SMELL right now.  Things like coffee or fresh-cut grass are great . . . but unpleasant smells work too.  It just has to be something around you.


5.  Focus on one thing you can TASTE.  You can pop some gum in if you want.  But even just licking your lips is fine.


Doing all of them is supposed to shift your attention to your senses.  So you should feel more focused on the present instead of what’s been bothering you.

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  • Jon Watkins

    For the past 15 years, Jon has been waking you up doing morning radio here in Utah! Originally from Long Beach, California, Jon spends his time driving his kids from sports to birthday parties, blotting the grease off his pizza and complaining about how cold the winter is. Jon and his wife Jenn love to travel and even do a travel podcast together called, “Our Savings Starts Tomorrow.” If you ever see Jon out and about, make sure to say hi! He’s desperate for attention

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