The 54321 Coping Technique:
Firstly, locate your breath and notice it. Follow the breath in and out, in and out (set timer for 30 seconds and watch the clock as you simply breathe).
Then, notice 5 things you see around you. State (inside voice is fine too) each thing as you see it.
Acknowledge 4 things you can touch around you. List them as you touch them.
Witness yourself hearing 3 things (external only) and list them.
Focus on 2 things you can smell.
Taste 1 thing (already in your mouth…gum, coffee, etc.)
Try this deceivingly simple tool when anxious, stressed, or spiraling down into your own private hell. No need for that. You can control the way you feel (to a certain degree) by grounding yourself to each specific moment.
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After attending UBC and earning her degrees, Jodi taught full-time for over ten years in the public school system creating student-centered curricula to guide her students towards a more knowledgeable and loving view of themselves and others. Jodi introduced topics of bullying, discrimination, mindfulness and positive relationship habits into her classes and celebrated students’ achievements as if they were her own.