Learn the “ABC” of stress reduction

by Tiffany Dunk

Healer Anne Aleckson has devised a simple technique to help conquer fear and stop the anxiety cycle. “The ABC Brain Re-Train technique is based on neuroscience, mindfulness and metaphysics,” Aleckson says. “The more you do it, the less you need to as your brain is retrained into a new way of responding to the stressful situation.”

AWARE: Be aware of the feeling that arises when you’re about to go into fear or upset.
BREATHE: Breathe in to the count of four and then out to the count of eight, as if you’re blowing out a candle.
CHANT: Repeat a mantra or affirmation (try something like “In this moment, right here and now, nothing is going wrong”) for a few moments until you’re feeling calm.

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