I love editing for Elephant Journal. It seems each and every article I am assigned somehow relates to this blog and everyone who follows it. The latest article I edited over the weekend relates to our anxieties.
I think you would all agree that understanding, recognizing and dealing with the anxieties in the toxic relationship really screwed with our minds.
Good news! That’s what anxiety is supposed to do. Our anxieties were a warning sign that something was not right! How we dealt with these anxieties is another story.
Below is a short intro to the article with a link to the rest of the story. Enjoy!
I recently read an article linking high levels of anxiety with a high IQ, which made me think, “What is the intelligence of our anxiety?”
To better explore this topic, it is essential to understand what anxiety is and how it works.
Understanding Our Anxiety
Dictionary.com defines anxiety as, “A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”
This is a relatively good definition, and something that I am certain almost all of us can relate to. I would add that the frustrating aspect of anxiety is that it’s intrusive, preventing us from accomplishing what we want from our lives.
Not only does anxiety manifest highly undesirable emotional responses, we often respond in physical ways: we begin to sweat, our stomachs churn and suddenly we can’t think or speak clearly.
Our ability to feel this anxiety evolved for a reason. It kept us alive. The problem today is that our anxiety often occurs in the face of unrealistic, or in the absence of, true threats.
So what do we do about it? Let us first explore our negative coping patterns. Continue reading.