What is anxiety?
The definition of anxiety according to the Oxford dictionary is: ‘A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.’– Particularly associated with things that might just happen, or which we think could potentially happen in some distantly vague future; what’s interesting is that everyone at some stage will experience anxiety. Two separate people, as an example, unbeknownst to each other both have a gig booked for an event. Both experience the same apprehension before they enter the stage, but where one, who experiences anxiety negatively and is overwhelmed, runs away, fleeing the scene entirely, the other uses this anxiety positively as fuel to pump them up and continues to perform their set list. Anxiety is part and parcel of being human and is a natural response when we perceive that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations and manifest through trigger responses; Fight, flight or freeze.
Written by Imojinn