Guest post from Elena Ollis

5 Tips to Manage Your Anxiety this Holiday Season

When we feel anxious it is often said that it is like a hundred thoughts running through our head at once. Here is one Grounding exercise that can help you achieve decreased anxiety:

To begin, place your feet firmly on the ground while sitting comfortably in a chair.

After you find a comfortable spot, follow these steps:

  1. Name 5 things you can see in the room with you.

  2. Name 4 things you can feel (“chair on my back” or “feet on floor”)

  3. Name 3 things you can hear right now

  4. Name 2 things you can smell right now (or, 2 things you like the smell of)

  5. Name 1 good thing about yourself.

This technique will help keep you in the present moment, regain mental focus, and to allow the thoughts to slow down, thus decreasing the anxiety.


Elena M Z Ollis, CRNP-PMH is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I provide medication management and psychotherapy services at an integrated family practice Sunflower Health and Wellness Consultants. Other services at the practice include, Primary Care, Nutritionist Counseling, Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Aroma Therapy. Please feel free to check out our website at for more information or call 240.631.0200 to schedule your next appointment for your consultation.  


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