The ‘3-3-3 rule’ – Use this simple trick when you feel anxious


Often when we're suffering from periods of anxiety, it can be helpful to have defined processes or protocols that can help us to escape these feelings. One such process has come to be known as the '3-3-3 rule', and is now used globally as a method of centering oneself and relieving anxiety quickly and efficiently. We wanted to talk about the 3-3-3 rule because it is very simple but very effective, let's get into the specifics:

How do you use the 3-3-3 rule when you feel anxious?

What we love about the 3-3-3 rule is that it is very simple to follow, and the clue is in the name. When you feel anxious, start by looking around you and naming 3 things you see. Then focus on 3 things you can hear. Finally, move 3 different parts of your body individually.


All this simple exercise does is focus the mind and help to bring you back to the present. Often anxiety is worse when we're thinking about the future, so it is really helpful to have an exercise like the 3-3-3 rule to bring you back to the present.

Where can you use the 3-3-3 rule?

One of the great things about the 3-3-3 rule is that it can be used any time you feel anxious, even if you are in a busy or public space. All you need is a minute or so to close your eyes so you can focus on each step of the process, and you'll be good to go.


It's important to remember that although the 3-3-3 rule can be really helpful for staving off bouts of anxiety, it won't cure your anxiety for good.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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