Short Exercises to Calm Anxiety

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1. Hand-eye exercise to manage anxiety

Watch this video for a simple way to start calming your nerves.


  • Place your hand on top of your head.
  • Tip your head in the direction of your arm.
  • Look up to the opposite top corner of the room
  • Hold for 30 seconds
  • Repeat on the other side


This (1 minute) short exercise reduces anxiety by changing your breathing, which helps you start to let go of tension & relax. This exercise also stimulates the vagus nerve (a nerve involved in regulating the nervous system).

Managing stress can improve your mental clarity, reduce overthinking, and make you feel safer in your body. Safe enough to face life’s challenges without seeking comfort from food, toxic relationships, or any other substance or behaviour.

Contact Shelley here if you need more help with self-soothing.