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Eye Contact Anxiety: How I Handle Weirdness with People in Passing

Eye Contact Anxiety: How I Handle Weirdness with People in Passing

I thought the more eye contact made with people in passing, the better. And there was something wrong with me for hating it. So I pushed through my eye contact anxiety, looking people in the eye when I really didn’t want to. Strangers on the […]

3 Ways to Walk Off Anxiety: Walking Meditations, Brisk Walks, and Walking in Nature

3 Ways to Walk Off Anxiety: Walking Meditations, Brisk Walks, and Walking in Nature

No matter how good it’s supposed to be for relieving anxiety, if it’s something I’ve never done before, overcoming my resistance to the unfamiliar can be anxiety-inducing in and of itself. That’s the beauty of walking for anxiety. I’m already a good 75 percent of […]

9 Ways You Can Manage Performance Anxiety Like Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin

9 Ways You Can Manage Performance Anxiety Like Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin

Intense performance anxiety threatened to derail alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s 2016-17 season. Instead, she got super proactive about managing it and won the World Cup title for best overall skier in the world. She then went on to win gold and silver at the 2018 […]

Breathing Exercises for Anxiety: Relief Too Easy to Avoid

Breathing Exercises for Anxiety: Relief Too Easy to Avoid

On any given day, I might avoid half a dozen ways of relieving anxiety. Zone out for 5 minutes first thing in the morning? I can’t wait that long to check the news or Busy Phillips’ Instagram stories. Go for a walk? I might have to […]

Foods for Anxiety: What to Eat and Why

Foods for Anxiety: What to Eat and Why

In all the attention I’ve paid to anxiety-minimizing things in recent years, I’m sorry to say eating foods for anxiety has been close to the bottom of the list. The thing is, I’ve never been one of those people who notices much of a difference […]

A Simple Approach to Meditation

A Simple Approach to Meditation

One quiet night a few weeks ago, I did something I don’t usually do. I started meditating out of the blue. I was in our living room. The lights were out and I was sitting at the windows that look out over the hillside. I […]