In the first meeting of my class in Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning, many of the Liberal Arts students in this required course willingly admit to having math anxiety. With a large lecture hall full of students it isn't possible to deal individually with this problem, but it is necessary to respond in some way to these feelings. First. I assure my students that help with the course is available from me and also from two Learning Centers we are fortunate to have on our campus. Second, I tell them about a student in last semester's class who was so anxious that he wasn't able to sleep through any of my lectures. We all laugh a little and some of the tension is dissipated.