so what is Anxiety?
It’s paralyzing, constantly thinking about what you did or said or how you look and what other's think. A never ending cycle of analyzing, evaluating, and predicting. Needing a plan and for things to be a certain way. All to help you feel comfortable. To make the world make sense.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease typically about an imminent event or situation with an uncertain outcome.
Some levels of anxiety are completely reasonable and appropriate to the circumstance. When anxiety causes feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease that do not go away and get worse over time professional help is usually needed to manage the experience. This degree of anxiety interferes with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
Anxiety becomes a more serious condition when it disrupts your daily living; has a high, possibly unbearable, intensity; and/or last for prolonged periods of time.
Knowing how you experience anxiety helps you:
- Identify which strategies might work for you
- Learn why trying to stop anxiety doesn’t work
- Gain the skills to cope with thoughts that get in the way
- Learn to distinguish effective stress from ineffective stress so that you can stop beating yourself up.
Sharing and learning about your anxiety helps to diminish it's power.
What We Fear
- Not getting it right
- Saying the wrong thing
- Persistent unwanted thoughts and feelings
- Fear of being scrutinized or rejected
- Fear of being judged for your performance
What we Experience
- Negative self-talk
- Negative or intrusive thoughts
- Attempts to control others or environment
- Decreased self-esteem
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased motivation
- Overuse of food or substances
- Sleep disturbance
What You Can Do
- Challenge your thinking
- Practice self-compassion
- Learn new coping skills
- Change your diet
- Develop your breathing
- Change perspective
- Take action
What we focus on matters.
The more you think about a thought the worse it becomes. Ever wonder why? The brain seeks to be efficient. When you think a thought repetitively, you brain creates pathways that stregthen the possibility that you will think this thought.
Conversely, if you focus on the things you desire your brain will create pathways towards those thoughts.
𝔸𝕟𝕩𝕚𝕖𝕥𝕪 𝕕𝕠𝕖𝕤𝕟'𝕥 𝕒𝕝𝕨𝕒𝕪𝕤 𝕤𝕚𝕘𝕟𝕚𝕗𝕪 𝕕𝕠𝕠𝕞. Because what we focus on matters, you can train yourself to pay attention to a more positive narrative. What would happen if you reframed that nervousness and imagined the possibilites that may come with it? I wonder how your outlook on your future would change. I also wonder how you might approach situations differently.
Ready to choose curiosity over fear ?