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A Low-Effort Way to Break an Anxious Rut

What a concert pianist, a high-wire walker, and a hypnotherapist can teach you about getting unstuck

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efore she goes out on stage, the French concert pianist Hélène Grimaud gets stage fright. It manifests in what she calls the “adrenalin phenomenon.” Her heart races. Blood drains from her extremities. Her breath shortens. Her…