Book cover for Embracing AnxietyYour anxiety is not a mistake or a problem. It’s an essential source of foresight, intuition, and energy.

Embracing Anxiety will help you learn how to work brilliantly with this vital emotion

Most of us have been taught to feel ashamed about or afraid of our anxiety, or to treat it as a sign of weakness or trouble. Some people even talk about anxiety as an epidemic, as if it’s a serious disease that’s also contagious.

This is a shame, because anxiety has an important job to do: it helps you look ahead, organize yourself, and gather the energy you need to get things done.

Your anxiety helps you identify problems and opportunities, and it brings you the energy and focus you need to face them. Anxiety also helps you complete your tasks and projects, and it gives you the push you need to meet your deadlines. Yes, you need skills to work well with your anxiety, but your anxiety is a valuable and brilliant emotion that’s essential to pretty much everything you do.


In Embracing Anxiety: How to Access the Genius of This Vital Emotion,

you’ll learn how to work with your anxiety in new and life-affirming ways.

Praise for Embracing Anxiety

Embracing Anxiety is a kind and empathetic, practical and reality-based approach to managing emotions, useful for anyone and everyone.

— Mark Bertin, MD, author of How Children Thrive

Karla McLaren’s breakthrough approach provides the missing link for those who want to finally get off the merry-go-round of anxiety, shame, and self-judgment. Embracing Anxiety has become a permanent fixture in my toolbox.

Dr. Samantha Brody, author of Overcoming Overwhelm

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Embracing Anxiety is an in-depth guide to this essential emotion.

Photo of Karla McLaren, a smiling middle-aged white woman with wavy brown hair, green eyes, and glasses.
Karla McLaren, M.Ed.

In Embracing Anxiety, you’ll learn:

  • Principles and practices to befriend your anxiety at every level of intensity
  • Strategies to engage with anxiety as a source of foresight, conscientiousness, and motivation
  • Why fear, confusion, and panic are not the same as anxiety, and how to work with each effectively
  • How anxiety works with anger, depression, and other emotions, and how to clarify these compounded states
  • Conscious Questioning practices to engage with your anxiety and access its insights
  • How to embrace procrastination and get things done in your own way

In Embracing Anxiety, you’ll learn how to work with this powerful emotion and get your best work done.

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