I’m a lifelong worrier, and some of my earliest memories from childhood are of my mom saying, “You’ll be okay. Practice your deep breathing.” I wasn’t a particularly anxious kid, and even though I have my brushes with anxiety (it feels like bees buzzing in my chest) and panic attacks, I’m not a particularly anxious adult, either. Freelancing is a high-stress job, though, and I often find myself using the basic deep breathing my mom taught me all those years ago.

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