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Email of the Day: Embracing My Struggle

By Dr. Laura on January 31, 2024
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I just listened to your Deep Dive podcast on Building Better Habits. I’ve been struggling quite a bit with anxiety, particularly panic attacks on subways, bridges and highways. This anxiety has turned my life upside down. To manage it, I decided to start building new habits, such as doing breathing exercises throughout the day (5 times a day for 5 minutes each), lowering my shoulders, decreasing my sugar intake and slowly exposing myself to challenging situations so I give myself β€œlittle wins” while not biting off more than I can chew.


These actions are slowly helping. But, there’s something you said in your Deep Dive that really struck me, and it's now helping me reframe the way I look at my anxiety. You said: β€œDon’t hate the struggle. It’s your key to a lot of joy… LOVE the struggle. It will eventually bring you a great gift.” I’m going to do that. Let’s see what this beast of a struggle gifts me.




Embracing My Struggle


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