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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Good Anxiety?

I don't know about you guys but I just hate the feeling of anxiety.  At first you don't really realize that anxiety is what you are experiencing.  It just seems to be masked by other emotions first.  But then you have a little time to reflect and recognize it as anxiety.  Everyone has different symptoms of anxiety but they usually are associated with some kind of fear.  Fear of the past, the present or the future.

When I am feeling anxious, my body gets so out of whack.  I will wake up with a sore jaw from night grinding - ugghhhh.  I typically have to make an appointment to be adjusted by my chiropractor (Dr. Mandy Areman at San Juan Chiropractic 970-240-8400) who is Ahhhmazing, btw.  I also get the feeling of needing to escape by going on a vacation to the beach or getting up into mountains - just needing to go some place that will help me balance my energy.  Another feeling is not having control over a situation.  There isn't anything that you can do lots of time which can cause me anxiety.  You just have to ride it out.  Sleeping can also be difficult because you just can't turn off your mind.

So, everyone experiences anxiety from time to time.  The difference is whether it's 'bad' or 'good' anxiety.  I think it's natural to have feelings of anxiety about certain situations in life.  It's a natural coping mechanism that helps you survive.  It's being able to discern between the two & get yourself out of that mood when it starts to turn bad.  I think that people can very easily get addicted to the feeling of anxiety - to the fear of life.  When you have to pop that many Xanax to get thru the day, then anxiety has the reins in your life.

Recognize that anxiety can be an experience that is just preparing yourself for something.  I think that most people can recognize what bad anxiety is esp. when it can swallow you up.  But here are some examples of good anxiety:

Relocating or Moving
Job Interview
Public Speaking
Extreme Sports

I think you do have to feel the fear and then choose to move forward with the attitude that when one door closes then another one is opened.  I have learned that every feeling/emotion is a CHOICE.  You can choose to be happy.  So please choose it!  You are not a victim.

I also love this quote by the Dalai Lama, "If you can do something about it, why worry; If you can't do anything about it, why worry."

For me, once I recognize the anxiety that I have even when it is good anxiety, I must let go of the fear and shed the feeling of anxiety.  I just can't stand that feeling on me.  Here is what I do:

  1. Remember my favorite quotes & sayings.
  2. Balance my body with my mind i.e. chiropractor, massage, reiki
  3. Balance my energy going someplace like a mountain top
  4. Surround myself with people who lift me higher & inspire me
  5. Get more sleep
  6. Remember that tomorrow is a new day to start afresh


  1. Ugh... anxiety. I know I have found that reliquishing my control mentally on the situation helps too. Doing what I can and then letting life do the rest. And excercise! I am obsessed with my running routine now for that reason. Such a release of anxiety and stress.

    1. Exercise!! I totally forgot about that one. Yes, exercise is so important and makes you feel sooooo good. I am also a big fan of kickboxing! I love punching & kicking out my anxiety.


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