I got a call from a student tonight. He said he was struggling at work and feeling inadequate to the challenges of his life. He felt crippled by anxiety. Did I have any advice?
He expected me to give him some Alexander Technique directions but I didn’t. I said to him, “Concentrate on the things you’re grateful for. When I feel anxious, I like to sit down with my journal and write out everything that I’m grateful for. I find that whenever I compose a gratitude list, I feel happier. And when I write out the things I’m anxious or sad about, well, that does not improve my mood (though it might provide clarity).”