How to Begin to Master Anxiety

Indeed, anxiety would not exist without one of the great achievements of human evolution—our ability to imagine and mentally inhabit the uncertain and unknowable future. When anxiety propels us into the future tense, we are often smarter, more focused, and more goal-oriented so that we can snap into action if needed. In other words, we are anxious when we care about the future. When we look at it this way, we realize that anxiety lives hand-in-hand with our ability to hope.

If we shift our mindset about anxiety—from enemy to ally—and reduce our anxiety about anxiety, we discover that we can learn to be anxious in the right ways, especially during these uncertain, fraught times.

We Don’t Have to Be Anxious About Anxiety | Psychology Today