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When anxiety grips, try stepping out into the light

Kathy Donaghy


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Mourners pay their respects at a memorial for the 21 killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, in the Uvalde Town Square in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Lucas Boland/USA Today Network via Reuters

Mourners pay their respects at a memorial for the 21 killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, in the Uvalde Town Square in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Lucas Boland/USA Today Network via Reuters

Mourners pay their respects at a memorial for the 21 killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, in the Uvalde Town Square in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Lucas Boland/USA Today Network via Reuters

When it feels like the world is becoming a scarier place, it’s easy to retreat into our shells, to want to lock the door and not come out. But combating despair at shocking events has to be an active choice which might require some magical outside-the-box thinking.

Experts have dubbed the pandemic a mental-health crisis for its role in amplifying anxiety. We were just steadying ourselves in a world post-Covid when war in Ukraine broke out, with its daily horrors flooding our social media feeds. When the unspeakable events in Uvalde unfolded, many of us were left struggling to cope with overwhelming feelings that the world is indeed becoming a more violent and dangerous place.


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