Anxiety gets a bad rap! Totally understandable for a number of different reasons.
When we think of anxiety, we typically think of it as a “bad” emotion, something not to be had, or experienced.
Perhaps it gets the label because of the undesirable physical sensations it can trigger off; breathlessness, nausea, numbness, and an increased heart rate (to name a few).
These symptoms, which can feel like an alarm system going off in your body, can cause our "struggle switch" to turn on. You may do all that you can to fight off and push down these feelings, hoping they will stop, and maybe even worrying what would happen if they don’t.
Anxiety may also be disliked for its other companions, such as the “what if's” and "catastrophic thinking" based thoughts. These thoughts can be extremely convincing and when partnered with physical symptoms, it’s no wonder our struggle switch tends to turn on.
If you’ve ever identified with any of these feelings and judgements towards anxiety, you are not alone, and most importantly you are not crazy!
Feeling afraid and anxious is very much a part of the human experience. Anxiety has an extremely adaptive function, it’s a process of survival!
There is a very important reason as to why our body reacts in this way, namely the fight/flight response.
When confronted with a perceived danger, our body unconsciously and swiftly, prepares us to deal with the threat. If you think back to caveman days, there would have been serious consequences had we not has this ability to perceive danger.
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