Easy Does It

Whether your anxiety is a clinical condition or not, there are simple things you can do to dial down the stress

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Anxiety exists in that gap between how things are and how we want them to be. Something goes wrong--or we fear it may go wrong--and mind and body seize up as one. Our thoughts become consumed with worry, our muscles tense, and our breathing and heartbeat race.

Those feelings aren't wholly unfamiliar to anyone. We all experience anxiety, and our culture and institutions do too. Offices, governments, stock markets--all move in and out of periods of high and low stress. It's tempting to think the species would be better off without anxiety, but the truth is, the species might not be...

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