Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
A recent article has shared the concerns about the steep rise in anxiety, panic and depression in South Africa. Google trends also indicate an increase in search trends related to depression. My view is that this pandemic has heightened underlying situations. It has pivoted us to the future in a way. The acceleration of change is faster than we are able to adapt to. As humans most of us already find change challenging at the best of times.
Let’s look at Anxiety in more depth. The behaviour that you project is being anxious. There are many underlying feelings that contribute to this state. I battle with anxiety and the feelings I often feel are overwhelmed or uncomfortable. I have participated in a few sessions on Anxiety and often leave there feeling that only the surface has been explored. I also question how individuals that do not battle with anxiety can share knowledge about it. It feels inauthentic.
Yes, there are varying degrees of anxiety. I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in 2014. People that live with anxiety know the internal battle too well. Worrying is like a rocking chair, which is the analogy that gets used often. Your ability to control your thoughts and recognise them for what they are is where your ability to over-power your anxious state comes in.
Using our insights into the brain, no two brains are alike, so your solution won’t work for my problem. In coaching we look at scenarios that repeat themselves and then we consider different actions the person can take. This prepares us for next time the same scenario happens by making a choice to apply a different action we get a different outcome. It starts with awareness.
It is an ongoing process to manage anxiety. You might require support to do so, like I do. Breathing practices when anxious assist with grounding. There is a great free app called YOUPER that you can use for self-help.