It’s Time to Stop Anxiously Attacking Your Problems

A therapist explains how to stay calm and thoughtful about challenges.

Kathleen Smith
Forge

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When a person is struggling with their mental health, they usually feel like they aren’t doing enough. Often the opposite is true — they are trying so hard to solve their problems, that they leave no space for flexibility, creativity, or self-compassion.

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Kathleen Smith
Forge

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the books Everything Isn’t Terrible and True to You. She writes about anxiety, relationships, and Bowen theory.