A tool to detect what needs fixing

I used to fit in two babies, a husband, a job, a house with six bedrooms, on-going construction, a puppy, a legal fight with extended family, and intense loneliness. I felt overwhelmed.

When I only had the babies, the house, on-going construction, a mature dog, and a budding social life, I felt better.

Now I realize that the worse I felt, the busier I got. And the busier I got, the more overwhelmed I became.

Now, I know that when I am feeling anxious, it's a sign that something in my life is out-of-whack and needs to be fixed.

My friend and Washington D.C.-based clinical psychologist Dr. Alicia Clark recently wrote a book about this.

Anxiety is a powerful tool.