Let me start off by saying that it’s totally normal to feel anxious. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, unsure, fearful, nervous… all of that is completely normal. It becomes a problem when these feelings overtake us and cause deep sadness, depression or even illnesses. In this blog post, I want to focus on normal anxiety.
What is anxiety?
In general, anxiety is a feeling of worry, concern or unease about certain outcomes. It is the body’s natural response to to dealing with the unknown. Basically, you are not in control of what’s to come and you wish you were. You might experience “symptoms” such as:
This list is not exhaustive and just gives examples of what you might experience with normal anxiety. I’m pretty sure that most of you can relate to at least 4 of the aforementioned symptoms, if not all and more.
What are some common causes of normal anxiety?
This takes me to my current personal experience with normal anxiety. I am anxious for at least 5 things right now, but I’m just going to touch on one thing for the sake of this blog topic.
I’m all set to move to another country… on the other side of the world… in a few days. Scary! Everything about it is scary to me. I must say that I’ve been planning this for months… years. However, now that it’s literally a few days away, boy am I restless, feeling fatigued, suffering from sleep disturbances and everything else. This isn’t strange because let me tell you, I worry about everything… including the things I have no business worrying about. My mind seriously plays tricks on me all the time. In theory, I’m prepared for the move. However, the fear of the unknown is crippling! Stay tuned for updates on how I’m dealing with this transition.
Kicking anxiety’s ass.
Now, we all know that being anxious will solve absolutely NOTHING! Being worried and uneasy will not relieve stress, it won’t put money into your bank account, it won’t give you the epiphany or direction you’re looking for, it simply will not profit you. Therefore, it is a good idea to find ways to address or control your anxiety and deal with the real problem at hand.
Here are my suggestions on how to kick anxiety’s ass:
On the other hand, I’d be the biggest hypocrite if I didn’t also acknowledge that we are HUMANS and the human thing to do is worry. So, let me just continue with the suggestions.
Food for thought…
Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.
Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
– Corrie ten Boom
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
-St. Luke 12 vs 25-26
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
-Proverbs 12 vs 25