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You have the power to direct your thoughts

Anxiety is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in our fast-paced society, when even the smallest thing can send us into a spin. In her column this month, Ali Roff discusses how we can begin to take back control

There’s a scar on my right leg that I never want to disappear. It’s a symbol – a physical reminder of a mental dragon I slayed. This tale doesn’t quite have the backdrop of a turreted castle or a kissable frog, but it’s pretty magical to me. In Greece on a recent boat trip, the opportunity came to swim from our small speedboat to a remote beach. As I get seasick, I literally jumped at the chance to get to dry land, flinging myself from the boat and excitedly swimming towards the beach when, with an energetic thrust of my right leg, I kicked the boat propeller. On the beach as blood began to drip from my foot, I started to feel the panic rise through my body. I needed stitches.

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