Whether it’s an upcoming trip, recent job change, or the latest news headline that has you feeling a little distressed at the moment, consider this: Most people are slightly on edge these days for a number of scary reasons. Researchers at Chapman University surveyed 1,511 Americans last year about their biggest fears, covering 79 different topics, and came up with a top 10 list, including corrupt government officials, manmade disasters, financial/economic stress, terrorism, illness and death, and more (see the full results here).

Whatever has you biting your nails down to the quick, one way to ease your gravest concerns is to stay calm and clear-headed so that you can make the best decisions possible to protect yourself and your loved ones during these precarious times. Use this three-minute meditation from Sonima’s meditation master Sanjeev Verma while sitting on the tarmac, preparing for an important business meeting, or lying in bed at the start of your day to help you let go of fears that might otherwise cloud your good judgement.

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