Feeling out of control? Reduce tension first to regain your footing.

  • Fact:  Anxious feelings are caused by an automatic response to a real or perceived threat. The amygdala (primitive brain) is in the driver’s seat when that happens.
  • Action: Stop and think: “What’s causing me to feel anxious right now? Is my level of concern realistic?”  If yes, decide what action is needed to bring control back. If no, see your over-reaction for what it is, smile to and at yourself, and move ahead.