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How to Not Look Away

Being thoughtful about how you approach a challenge means learning to sit with your anxiety

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As a therapist, I’m constantly hearing the same question: How do people stay engaged with big problems? Maintaining focus and energy over the long term doesn’t come naturally to most people: We often have a tendency to throw ourselves into a challenge for a short while and…




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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the book Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down.

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