This Science-Backed Technique Kills Anxiety and Stress Using Just One Word

We mourn with you’: Germany marks devastating floods that killed 180

More than a month after extreme flooding killed more than 180 people in western Germany, survivors of the disaster, first responders, religious leaders and government officials came together Saturday to remember the victims who died and to express hope for the future.

“There are hardly words that can begin to describe what the events on the night of July 14-15 felt like for me.”

Renate Steffes on her experience of recent flooding event

Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble, the leader of Germany’s parliament, attended a ceremony at the cathedral in the city of Aachen, joined by residents of the regions devastated by the July 14-15 floods.

“Today, we think about the people from whom the flooding took everything: Their homes, their belongings, their memories, their lifelong dreams,” Steinmeier said. “We, the entire country, are by your side….We, the entire country, mourn with you today.”

Survivors and emergency workers also spoke at the event. Renate Steffes, a resident of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, said her life has been “shaken” by the “horrific experiences” of the flooding…READ ON

This Science-Backed Technique Kills Anxiety and Stress Using Just One Word

Can you reduce your own stress and anxiety by saying just one word? You can–and there’s scientific research that shows how it works.

saying, or thinking, a single word is something you can do anytime, anywhere

That insight comes from Marina Harris, Ph.D., a sports psychologist at North Carolina State University and a former competitive gymnast who retired from the sport due to an injury. In an article at Psychology Today, Harris described how she struggled with anxious thoughts herself, until she discovered cue-controlled relaxation. Cue controlled-relaxation is a technique that pairs a calming relaxation exercise with a specific cue, such as a word or phrase, until one evokes the other in a conditioned response. If the mere smell of coffee brewing in the morning makes you feel more alert, that could be an example of a conditioned response you’ve already learned.

The cue-controlled relaxation technique Harris used has been shown in experiments to help people with anxiety around things like taking tests or going to the dentist. It’s so logical that it seems bound to work and so simple that I’m planning to try it myself. Here’s how….READ ON

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