What Should You Do When You’re Overcome By Anxiety?

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).”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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