How we adapt to anxiety will have a big effect on how it affects our lives. That’s why being able to open up to it rather than building our lives around avoiding it can be a revolutionary ability.
Though you will not be able to completely eliminate fear, you will learn to understand and deal through it. In reality, you may be able to find avenues for fear to empower you. Here three people tell their stories about coping with anxiety and how they are able to become more confident as a result of their current friendship with anxiety. Get Inspired!
Anxiety Acts as a Protective Mechanism
“Understanding fear as a warning to our own desires is one way to use it to strengthen ourselves. We will begin to grasp what it is trying to teach us as we begin to note when and where it appears.
Anxiety may also be used as a defensive tool to help us stay healthy. Anxiety, as a fight-or-flight response, may be your body’s way of alerting you to the presence of threat. Emotional risk can be almost as dangerous to our health and happiness as physical danger, and fear, although stressful, can be a very useful built-in alarm system.” – Saba Harouni Lurie, LMFT, ATR-BC
Anxiety can be a very effective motivator
“You could rephrase this as “I feel nervous” instead of “I feel worried.” You will become incredibly inspired to deal with whatever is making you feel nervous until you adopt this attitude. Anxiety and enthusiasm are very somewhat similar emotions. You will go a long way if you want to feel excitement.” – Jon Rhodes, clinical hypnotherapist
Anxiety helps create better Work-Life Balance
“Anxiety’s greatest gift to me is that it forces me to strike a better work-life balance, allowing me to appreciate and appreciate life more thoroughly. Because of my fear, I can’t keep up with the workload that I used to. I could potentially treat my anxiety with medicine, but I choose to use natural, evidence-based solutions and have changed my lifestyle [to do so].
I use acupuncture, yoga, and creative art creation (art therapy techniques) in particular, and I’ve slowed down my speed. Though I’m glad that it can be handled, I can honestly tell that developing chronic anxiety has made me a happier person.” – Jodi Rose, an art therapist