If you’re reading this book, chances are good you’ve tried the above or similar strategies to make your anxiety go away. Or maybe you’re looking to help a loved one whose anxiety seems to weigh him or her down. Perhaps you are simply curious about anxiety and how you can better harness it in your life. I get it; I work with anxiety every day, and I have spent the better part of my life immersed in it.
My grandmother worried so much that she shook. Literally. Her body would subtly tremble from this mysterious and overwhelming force of worry inside her. She was a petite southern lady with impeccable manners who favored all things pink and floral. Her short, curly hair framed a round face with fine features and a generous smile. At her warmest, it was a magnet for others. Yet worrying was her natural state of being, like breathing.