I have a tendency to be quite an anxious person.
I think it’s impossible not to experience some form of anxiety in our interconnected modern world world.
Advances in technology have meant that we are exposed to more electronic stimuli than ever before (eg. emails, online news articles and social media notifications) and it is difficult for our brains to process all this information without becoming overwhelmed.
Humans have highly active imaginations.
On one hand, this is great because it enables us to think creatively, visualise solutions to problems and progress as a species.
Unfortunately, my imagination doesn’t seem to want produce ground-breaking scientific discoveries or beautiful works of art and instead spends a significant amount of its time blowing tiny insignificant things out vastly of proportion.
In the past, I have tried to retrain my brain to think in a healthier, more positive way.
However, I have found that forcing myself to believe that things are fine doesn’t give me space to fully acknowledge and process any negative emotions that I may be experiencing.
As a result, I usually end up desperately trying to maintain a serene and dignified outer image, despite the fact that I am feeling distinctly less fine that I was previously.
All in all, the best way to deal with anxiety is to take time to understand how it works what triggers it so that it is easier to live alongside it as opposed to pretending that it isn’t there.
It is also important to surround yourself with people who can provide you with emotional support and, more importantly, a ready supply of comfort food.
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