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Using a Countdown Timer as a Tool for Grounding

 You know how time can seem to stop in a high anxiety or much-dreaded situation? Having a countdown on your watch or phone that shows that hours, minutes, and seconds really are ticking by can be a helpful tool to ground yourself and get through it. ...If appropriate to the context, music can work the same way. Props to my first therapist who recommended listening to a very familiar musical soundtrack during dental procedures to help my brain track time passing. ..#brainhacking #anxietyrecovery #dreadingmonday #productivity #selfkindness #reparenting #clocks #mentalhealthtips - from Instagram

Often, it can feel like time has stopped when we are in a high anxiety or much-dreaded situation. Having a countdown on your watch or phone that shows that hours, minutes, and seconds really are ticking by can be a helpful tool to ground yourself and get through it. If appropriate to the context, music can work the same way- an auditory cue to help you move forward through an experience.

 

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