In general, I am a very anxious person. I’m certainly not proud of this, but recently, I’ve found a way to use my anxiety in order to enhance my life! And I’m excited to share it with you…
I have a fairly busy life – my calendar is completely full every day. I do this to myself on purpose because I haven’t learned how to deal with boredom (I’m hoping that life lesson comes soon!) But with my busy, frantic schedule comes a lot of anxiety and not a lot of time to deal with the anxiety. This is okay for now, because I’ve figured out what the anxiety really means.
The uncomfortable feeling of anxiety means I’m about to leave my comfort zone. I’m about to do something risky. Was I anxious about sky-diving? Yes. Do I get anxious right before I teach yoga? Every time. Does the idea of going to a social event increase my anxiety? Definitely. But what do all these experiences have in common? They cause my anxiety to increase before the event and they enhance my life after the event. After each of these situations, I leave with a sense of satisfaction and with new life lessons. I grow!
So lately, I’ve decided to embrace my anxiety. Rather than run away from the anxious feelings (which tend to be accompanied by fear), I slowly walk toward them. Like a predator slowly stalking it’s prey, I approach these uncomfortable feelings. In the end, I know that I am anxious because I am afraid of failure, rejection, or pain. But how am I supposed to grow unless I address these feelings head-on?
I’d like to challenge you to bring more awareness to your anxious side. Try to figure out what exactly is making you anxious – what situation is causing the uncomfortable feelings? This isn’t going to be easy, but it is going to be worth it. Every time, it will be worth it. If you confront your negative feelings rather than run from them, you will grow each and every time. You will become more confident and more content. I promise.