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It’s a sad fact that most of us don’t live our lives nearly as fully as we are capable of doing. Something always seems to be holding us back from interacting better with people, pursuing the career we want, having the body we deserve and so on.

Why is it that we can’t simply go for it and do the things we know will bring us success and happiness? There are probably a thousand possible answers, ranging from low self-esteem to simple laziness. For many people, though, it simply comes down to fear.

While true anxiety disorders can be extremely debilitating, most people suffer from anxiety to some degree. In part, this is actually a good thing: being aware of things that might end up doing us harm allows us to plan better and avoid risks. However, if feeling generally anxious about what life can bring us forces us to always choose the safe play, follow the beaten path and default to the conventional decision, anxiety is standing between us and our happiness.

There are a number of ways to reduce anxiety of any level, and following these strategies can help you live more freely, rather than existing in fear of bogeymen you’ll likely never meet.

Meditation

When it comes to mental health, learning how to control and quiet your mind is one of the most important skills you can learn. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation can be just as effective as medication when treating issues such as anxiety and depression.

Meditation, though requiring a lot of practice to become good at it, is something anybody can do. It is also the ultimate form of me-time: slowing down your thoughts allows you to gain a clear perspective of whatever situations you may be facing and how you really feel about them.

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