A lot of anxiety stems from fear of failure, says Howes. Like that you're going to drop the ball at work, or you're going to make a fool of yourself in front of a crowd of people. Galanti suggests leaning in to that anxiety every once in a while and seeing what happens.
"My goal in general with anxiety is to help people feel comfortable feeling uncomfortable," says Galanti. "The goal is to get them to do it as many times as they can; to face their fears even though it might lead to whatever is in their head happening — over and over and over. One time is not enough."
So commit to doing whatever it is that makes you anxious — like speaking in front of a crowd, taking cross-country flights, etc. — several times, and arm yourself with strategies ahead of time. Afterward, ask yourself if it was as bad as you thought it would be. More often than not, it won't be as horrific as your anxiety was telling you it would be. And hopefully that means you'll be experiencing a bit less anxiety each time.