Anxiety is a good thing.
I'm an anxious person -- always have been. And this doesn't have to hold me back, nor should it always hold you back.
Anxiety can mean that you spin your wheels when you feel you should be moving forward. Anxiety can mean you worry about things that never happen. There can be a lot of negative aspects of anxiety -- and an anxious person will be quick to point out all the negative consequences of their anxiety.
But come on, Anxiety is more good than bad. I'm always anxious to get things done. I'm anxious to please people. I'm anxious to do things well. Anxious means "eagerly desirous". I'm filled with desire -- I wake up bursting with ideas, I see something happen and I anxiously consider a hundred possible consequences. An anxious life has given me a fast brain, and the endless benefits that this concurs.
Sure, anxiety can be labelled as a mental disorder, with all the social baggage that this carries. And people can use their anxiety as a label or an excuse. But don't let the label overwrite the entire syndrome. Like anything there is more to it than just the negative connotations.
If you harness your anxiety, you'll reap tremendous benefits.
Life without anxiety -- no thanks.
'Phil' on Thu, 04 Jan 2007 07:14:19 GMT, sez:
> If you harness your anxiety, you'll reap tremendous benefits.
Oh yes... if...
Sounds like you're trying to convince yourself. You surely didn't convince me.
'Ian' on Thu, 04 Jan 2007 20:20:43 GMT, sez:
Thank you Oprah! You've given me my life-back!
(the crowd cheers)
'http://' on Thu, 04 Jan 2007 22:27:56 GMT, sez:
I was going to say something but then i thought oh no! Google will eat my brain!!
'Silvia' on Thu, 04 Jan 2007 23:46:44 GMT, sez:
Anxiety is reading this funny stuff till its end! where did u learn that????
'email@example.com' on Thu, 04 Jan 2007 23:49:19 GMT, sez:
here in Brazil we cure anxiety by drinking some "caipirinhas"; have u ever tried it? it´s amazing!
'lb' on Fri, 05 Jan 2007 00:44:47 GMT, sez:
having googled "caipirinhas" i've learnt that it's the national cocktail of brazil, a real carnival drink, mixing ice, lime juice and an alcohol derived from sugar cane.
i think it could be popular here in australia -- we have a hot climate, a lot of sugar cane, and we do like to relax.
so tanx for the tip!
'Shiva' on Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:48:00 GMT, sez:
A fresh new way of interpreting the racing mind...
I really liked this post.
'Marcos' on Fri, 05 Jan 2007 17:10:02 GMT, sez:
Very creative Leon
I´m completely like you, and the anxiety cost me near half year with Panic Attacks (an horrible thing I admit, was near 5 years ago) but after that I see all the things in a completely new way and, I´m sure now that I see the good side of the things =) and dismiss the false warnings
Like you, I can't stop think, when I wake up in the morning and go to the shower is the most creative momment in the day for me, full of ideas.
Just my side of Anxiety
'mike' on Mon, 08 Jan 2007 15:12:52 GMT, sez:
Not to get all editorial on you or anything, but "anxious" means _two_ things -- eagerly desirous (in those cases when you can substitute the word "eager"), but also "full of mental distress or uneasiness". When you're anxious about a test, you're the latter. When you're anxious to get home from work, you're the former.
I say this because when you say "I'm an anxious person," my first thought was that you were filled with anxiety, as many people are. You know ... angst-y. But you say you're "anxious" to please people, which I think (?) means that you're eager to help folks, not all anxiety-filled about it. (Perhaps I am misinterpreting, tho.)
I think it makes a difference in your overall point. An anxiety-anxious person is driven by an essentially negative emotion, which is inherently stressful. "Oh my god! What if I screw up!?" An eager-anxious person is driven by enthusiasm and excitement, which is a positive emotion -- "This is so great! I want to do this more!" I think you mean anxiety-anxious, yes?
Anyway. Now I'm all anxious about posting this.
'huami' on Thu, 03 May 2007 12:48:42 GMT, sez:
Anxiety provides the steam to struggle, makes you want more and be better, challenges you to be what you really want to be, let's you explore life to the fullest, lets you live each day is if there'll be no other day, puts you in a state of depression, makes you realize how far you are from what you want to become, makes you feel how different the path you're taking against your goal, lets you realize that life can never be perfect after all, but makes you feel alive, feel human. It's that crazy feeling that can make you become worth it in time. Simply, anxiety gives balance to life.
'Lorenzo Sierra' on Fri, 29 Feb 2008 12:31:18 GMT, sez:
You make anxiety out to be something you can direct in either direction you wish it to go. Correct me if I'm wrong but when you say, "I'm an anxious person, always have been," you MUST not be talking about a psychiatric problem. It sounds like your talking about anxiety people get for ACTUAL reasons. With my anxiety, Seperation Anxiety Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress, you cannot control your anxiety. It controls you. Every morning I wake up and think about how miserable my day is going to be because of these damn disorders. They come and go for no reason at all, and some of them I've had to stop what I was doing, close my eyes, and breath in real big, because I was about to pass out. I agree with Mike, "full of mental distress or uneasiness" is what anxiety prone people get.
'John' on Thu, 01 May 2008 08:34:12 GMT, sez:
Anxiety can be a good thing yes, but! it also does more bad than good. If we could harness our anxiety all the time we wouldn't have anxiety at all because we'd be in control of it.
'Nikhil Varghese' on Fri, 09 May 2008 06:39:52 GMT, sez:
Anxiety is good if its not allowed to effect us physically. If it starts effecting us physically its better to go for medical relief bejore it does more damage. Alprazolam in moderated doses is good for anxiety. Stop it when the symptoms ease.
'Lauren' on Tue, 13 May 2008 03:26:19 GMT, sez:
Normal anxiety can be good, it is natural incase we are in danger. If we felt nothing then that would be worse... But people with anxiety attacks feel they are in danger at random times and cannot control it. There is the good anxiety and the bad. It seems you have the good only, and obviously have not experienced the bad. It can cause people to think they are going to die because of the physical symptoms and pass out because they cannot breathe, and many more not-normal things. It is our minds that create this "danger" which leads to anxiety attacks. And since it is our minds, it's a mental disorder. Anxiousness to get up and start the day because you feel great about your ideas - is not.
Would you want to live with the feeling something is wrong with you and you may die because you can't calm down? I don't think so.
'P' on Tue, 13 May 2008 03:42:41 GMT, sez:
I don't think people with anxiety disorders and panic attacks use them as excuses. Anxiety is a very real thing. I'm sorry, but some people need to do research before discussing topics.
'a' on Thu, 06 Nov 2008 14:21:09 GMT, sez:
Hey I totally agree...in fact I'm using this in a thesis paper for my college coarse. Without some anxiety we wouldn't be able to handle or avoid a dangerous situation. It is also a great motivator for getting things done. Too much of it can get you in trouble, but too much of any good thing can be bad for you!!!
'mandi' on Thu, 06 Nov 2008 14:29:46 GMT, sez:
I agree that anxiety can be a positive. In fact I've done many studies and wrotten a paper on it. I believe we do need it in our lives, but I also think that saying people use it as an excuse is just insulting. I'm sorry, but some people do struggle with it and it is a medical disorder and by saying something like that you're just insulting these people who have enough struggles in their life. I believe in writting what you believe, but I don't believe in insulting people along the way. Anxiety is a necessity, but too much of it does cause problems and I don't believe it's right to criticize those who are struggling with it.
'tester' on Mon, 01 Dec 2008 21:11:11 GMT, sez:
anxiety makes you control situations, and know how to deal with things over and over again day in and day out..
but some situations can make a person too anxious or (too BAD anxious ), well in that case a person should avoid being in such situations, because in nature that limit is what is discribed as a trigger to a life threatning situation like when a person sees a tiger or lion.. same thing it gives you the power and abbility to over come the situation.. like run fast, or hit strong, soo onn.. but if you are in a civilized place the only thing you can do is take deep breaths through your nose and out of your mouth ,
and if that is a stressfull thing in public i addvise leaving a small gap in your mouth open where you can exhale from.
'Sarah' on Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:25:53 GMT, sez:
We all experience occasional anxiety and it can be a positive thing. Make you more conscientious etc.
But an anxiety disorder is completely different. It is constant and exhausting. It takes over your life.