The most valuable thing that I've learned through the time I've spent working with JJ is gratitude practice. It started off with small things, like saying thank you to a pretty sunset, a nice flower, a good spot on the beach. Once I learned to do that, without feeling corny, I was able to do it in all other aspects of my life. In moments of feeling anxious, scared, sad, I could find something--one tiny thing--to say thank you to. Gratitude is such a beautiful way to deal with anxiety because instead of ruminating on something negative, you can alleviate your anxiety while giving something positive back. For example, part of my anxiety led me to over apologizing for things that could easily be swapped out by a thank you. If felt insecure after sharing something with a friend, normally I would say, "I'm sorry for talking so much" which isn't a real apology, it's just an anxious reaction that ends up taking even more from the person I'm trying to "apologize" to. Instead, now I say, "Thank you for listening" which both absolves the anxiety I have about feeling selfish, and also gives gratitude to the person I'm talking to. It's small little tweaks like that, that have really changed my outlook on the way I maneuver through the world.