5, 4, 3, 2, 1: A Simple Exercise to Calm the Mind — Calm Blog
The holidays can be an emotional rollercoaster intensified by the pressure to be merry. So, next time it all feels like too much, try this soothing exercise to guide you back into the present moment.
Begin by taking a few deep breaths, bringing extra attention to the exhale.
Name 5 things you can see.
Name 4 things you can hear.
Name 3 things you can feel.
Name 2 things you can smell.
Name 1 thing you can taste.
Tuning into the senses directs our awareness away from anxious thoughts and grounds us by focusing on the physical body. From this state of calm presence, we can meet whatever is troubling us with more steadiness and clarity. And when we support ourselves through the ups and downs, we also create more space to experience joy and peace in the simple pleasures of the holiday season.