What is Anxiety?

A surprising resource that can be harnessed for growth

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.

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Anxiety and stress are always part of the picture.

It's what we do with it that dictates our confidence and satisfaction.

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.

I help people better understand what is anxiety, and the overall role their anxiety and tune into its usefulness in their lives. In turn, this more balanced relationship with anxiety allows more efficient access to its valuable information and energy.
I often write about managing anxiety and stress in my blog. You can read my latest posts HERE.

Too much anxiety can be a bad thing, but so can too little.

We need anxiety to help us grow and adapt to life.

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?

  • "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama XIV
  • "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor E. Frankl
  • "The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage." - Thucydides
  • "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." - Redmoon