“Take a chill pill. Calm down. Relax.” Easier said than done. We seem hard-wired to freak out when anxiety or fear take over. It’s the “fight or flight” response, we’ve been told. Like animals reacting to threats to their safety, it’s natural for us to respond quickly, too. To stand back and think rationally, to take a breath, to practice meditation— these are good things when we feel out of control, but our first response is to freak out a bit.