Most people will experience anxious feelings at some stage in their life if put under stress – when afraid or in danger or upon hearing bad news.
Although anxiety is an emotion we generally prefer not to experience, a certain amount of anxiety is actually very helpful to us.
PROTECTION – Anxiety helps protect us from danger by stimulating our mind and body to take ACTION very quickly.
PREPARATION – Anxiety can give us extra energy and focus our minds to deal with difficult demands and challenges – (performers often say that they would worry if they DIDN’T feel anxious before going on stage because anxiety helps them remember their lines.)
MOTIVATION – Anxiety can alert us to things in our life that we would be better to change – we may work too much or follow an unhealthy lifestyle.
Our goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety altogether – but to know how to deal with it when it arises.