Anxiety is a feeling most of us know all too well—so much that it's become ingrained into pop culture, from TV shows to songs to memes. But what is it really? And how can we prevent the paralyzing moments of anxious thoughts and feelings that keep us from getting through our day?

What is anxiety?

Most people know how anxiety feels: the racing thoughts, sweaty palms, biting your nails and more. Other physical symptoms include an upset stomach, a tension headache, difficulty sleeping, agitation and restlessness.

The first sign of anxiety may be a physical sensation, but it's usually the mental projection into the future that causes us to worry.

'Anxiety doesn't have to run your life. We can do practices that reduce stress, make us feel calmer and develop our ability to be present.'

"I see anxiety as a long-term pattern of thought that creates a lot of fear, worry, tension and stress," said Rev. Connie Habash, a licensed psychotherapist and author of "Awakening from Anxiety." "We worry and obsess about what