Face your anxious response and watch it. Over the years, you’ve fallen into a pattern or habit of turning away from your anxious response. You distract yourself from it. You try not to think about what makes you anxious. Distracting yourself means that you’re not fully with your anxious response as it’s happening. Distracting yourself gets in the way of your ability to learn that you can handle your anxious response in its full state, during the moments when you’re feeling it.