Learning to listen to your body and be present with your feelings and emotions takes time and reaps bountiful rewards.
For example, most people feel anxiety as tension in their chest or their stomach. We can easily move through our day holding our breath, experiencing this feeling without giving it much thought. Next time you notice yourself feeling anxious, do a mental body scan and see where the feeling has gathered inside of your body. Does your chest feel tight? Do you feel knots in your stomach? Something else, perhaps?
Once you nail down where this feeling of tension rises in your body, you’ll be better equipped to notice and combat it promptly. Sometimes, you may not even notice you are anxious until you realize the tension. This is the perfect time to check in with yourself. Do a quick scan and ask yourself what’s weighing on you, what’s causing you anxiety, or what’s bothering you.