Many people aren’t sure exactly what is anxiety, and yet it’s one of the most common things I see in my practice. Anxiety is that pit in your stomach, those thoughts that race around keeping you up at night, and that sense of dread that you’re not going be able to handle what’s ahead. Anxiety can cloak itself in procrastination, irritability, and addictive self soothing – all short term reduction strategies that add to its intensity and discomfort over time.
Anxiety produces a state of tension that motivates us to make it go away. Not unlike a baby crying eliciting a hardwired responsive action to make it end, anxiety is a natural motivator to problem solve, and take protective action towards the elements of life we care about most.
Anxiety is one of your most trusted inner resources that can steer you towards the areas of your life that are most important to you, and need your attention. It is a signal of needed growth, and the energy to fuel change.
Next time you feel anxiety, how can you view it more positively, and use its precious information and energy more effectively in your life?