Understanding Anxiety: From Emotion to Action
Anxiety is an emotion that can manifest in various ways—physically, emotionally, and mentally. It’s our body’s way of saying, “Hey, there might be something to pay attention to here!”
But here’s the twist: anxiety doesn’t always kick in when danger’s actually there. Sometimes, it’s triggered by our thoughts or worries about the future. So, why some individuals are more prone to anxiety than others?
Let’s break it down:
* Biological Factors: We all inherit certain genes and traits. If anxiety runs in the family, it might affect you too.
* Psychological Factors: Your childhood experiences play a role. A secure upbringing often leads to a calmer adulthood.
* Social Factors: The world around us influences how we feel. Social stability can provide comfort, while upheaval can spark anxiety.
Now, what can you do about it?
Don’t Run from Anxiety: Avoiding negative feelings can make anxiety worse. Try to face it head-on instead.
Check the Facts: It is essential to understand why anxiety arises, verify the facts (whether the danger is real or exaggerated by our minds), and evaluate your capacity to influence the situation positively. In other words, treat anxiety as a red traffic light that warns of danger. If, during analysis, it becomes clear that facts were underestimated, and threats were exaggerated, or if you feel capable of taking action, anxiety usually diminishes.
Adjust or Embrace Acceptance: When changing the situation isn’t an option, try adjusting your perspective. Sometimes, challenging times hold hidden strengths. If that feels out of reach, consider stepping away, or in cases like coping with loss, try to embrace acceptance. It’s not giving up but starting a gentle, honest conversation with yourself, aligning with your values to ease anxiety.
Restore Your Resources: Chronic stress can drain you. Take time for activities that recharge your energy and spirits.
Manage Your Thoughts: We are not our thoughts, and we can choose when and how to pay attention to them. Practice “worry time” to gain control over your anxious thoughts. If you want to know what is “worry time, leave a comment below, and we will send you instructions in your DM.
Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. And if following these steps seems too difficult to do on your own, please reach out to our clinicians for help!
Izabel specializes in working with adults, addressing various challenges including relationship difficulties, grief, loss, depression, low mood, stress, burnout, and the search for meaning and purpose.