Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health issues of our time, especially for younger people. Your brain has an amazing capacity to analyze and conceptualize, which is how we accomplish so many fantastic things. But with that comes our ability to overthink, worry, and fear ideas that exist more in our minds than in reality.
In this episode, Doctor Royer shares a powerful antidote to anxious thoughts: come to your senses. Move your focus away from your imagination and ideas and ground it in the physical world around you. Pay attention to what you actually see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Unless you are being attacked by a bear or on a sinking ship, what’s around you is almost certainly not as bad as what you’re worrying about (and if you are in the midst of a bear attack, it’s best to pay attention to what’s going on). Be present, where you are, and begin building your world out from there.
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