Coping with anxiety is not an easy task, and having a variety of tools at your disposal is helpful. From managing anxiety in the moment to confronting it in a therapy session – a path to a more peaceful life exists.

A new study shows that finding and using a tool called a “safety signal” is an effective way to suppress the threat response that causes anxiety in many individuals.

“A safety signal could be a musical piece, a person, or even an item like a stuffed animal that represents the absence of threat,” says co-first author Paola Odriozola, a PhD candidate in psychology at Yale University.

Learn more about safety signals and the study here.