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How to Turn Anxiety Into Your Best Friend

author image Michelle Vartan
Michelle is a mission-first journalist and content producer, telling stories that will help better other’s lives. She covers environment, health, human-interest, community and travel. Michelle lives in Santa Monica, Ca.
How to Turn Anxiety Into Your Best Friend
Here is how to take your worries and use them as a tool to achieve your greatest ambitions. Photo Credit: EpicStockMedia/Adobe Stock

Stress manifests itself in many ways, and the symptoms can be particularly agonizing. A racing heart and mind are just some of what you have to battle when you have anxiety. And sometimes anxiety can be so good at its job that it keeps us from doing the things we want (ugh).

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But there’s a flip side to this bothersome condition, and it looks surprisingly optimistic. Anxiety could be just what you need to push you to do something you’re afraid of rather than hiding from it. It’s hard to believe, but in the latest episode of the LIVESTRONG.COM podcast Stronger Dan Ryckert, author of “Anxiety as an Ally” and someone who has struggled with an anxiety disorder for many years, makes a strong case.

“I never say ‘no’ to something because I am afraid of the anxiety,” he says. “The concept of not doing something because of my anxiety is scarier to me than the anxiety to begin with.”

Ryckert has jumped out of seven airplanes (and counting), traveled the world and given many public speeches. And he thanks his mental disorder for all of this. “It was the drive to beat the anxiety because I wanted to prove to myself that I could overcome my fears.”

Listen in as we talk to Ryckert about how anxiety can be used to achieve some serious goals. He tells us exactly how to do this, leaving us plotting our next big (and scary) challenge.

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