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10 Ways to Declutter Your Mind This Year

Drop-kick your anxiety in the new year with these mind-clearing tricks. They may sound simple, but they have the power to change everything.

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Ground yourself

During high-anxiety moments, Hughes suggests a 30-second grounding technique called 5-4-3-2-1. "Name five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste," she says. "This technique helps you be in the present moment because you're engaging all your senses and are connecting with your environment." You may also want to check out these 7 essential oils that calm anxiety—and how they do it.

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