The trouble with anxiety is that it feels so unpleasant. I always think of this as the big difference between anxiety and depression - anxiety has got lots of those horrible feelings associated with it - wobbly legs, sweaty palms, strange breathing and tight chest, heart going bonkers, feeling hot or clammy etc - not wonder people find it distressing.
So what are some of the key ways to think about Anxiety that may be helpful?
– it’s always future focussed – some concern about the future.
– its always got a “What if….” quality to it – what if this happens? what if I can’t pay my mortgage? what if I lose my job, my family, if I’m ill ………(fill in the dots with your own horrors)
– Anxiety often has images associated with the situation in our minds – so we “see a picture” in our minds of the terrible situation we are trying to avoid.
– Anxiety means that we are often over-estimating the problem or danger. The problem is TOO BIG in our minds
– Anxiety means that we are often under-estimating our ability to cope. We tell ourselves that our ability to cope is TOO SMALL.
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