Most people want to get rid of their anxiety, and teens are no exception: “If I didn’t feel worried and scared, there’s so much I’d do.” Rather than trying to dispute or eliminate uncomfortable thoughts and feelings as a prerequisite to reaching our goals, it can be helpful to instead reframe anxiety as a source of important information about who we are and what matters to us.
If all living creatures in the universe were gone, there would be nothing left of importance. Pollution? Without life, it would not exist as a “problem.” The river does not care. Death? Were the sun to die away, the rock would stand unconcerned.