Love Life Again!

Taking control over your anxiety

WEEK 1

This week we will cover

  • Nature of Anxiety
  • When is Anxiety a Problem
  • Difference Between Normal Anxiety & Problematic Anxiety
  • Why do some people experience anxiety?

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Nature of Anxiety
Anxiety is an emotional state that a person experiences when you feel threatened or simply the anticipation of a threat. It’s different for each person and in different situations. It’s normal for everyone to experience anxiety.

Typically, anxiety is uncomfortable and yet, it’s manageable. It decreases as you face that fear.

When there’s a threat, anxiety is useful. It motivates people to prevent or protect themselves from being harmed, through fight, flight or freeze. Anxiety is very useful and everyone experiences it and it’s on a continuum from very little to severe anxiety.

When is anxiety a problem?
Not everyone experiences anxiety as a problem in their life, but we do OR have. That’s why you’re here.

When someone has a problem with anxiety, that person experiences intense fear or anxiety about things that do not cause any anxiety, or at least very little anxiety in others.

Why Do Some People Experience Anxiety Problems?
There’s no EXACT answers to that question. Research suggests that it’s developed from a combination of two things:

  • Genetics
  • What you learned about your world as a young child.

Now these simply “set the stage” for what we call anxiety style. This means someone who sees things a little more negative or dangerous than others do.

There are 3 types of experiences that can tie this anxious style to a specific situation or things:

  • Experiencing something negative or threatening.
  • Witnessing something negative or scary
  • Receiving information that something is dangerous or negative.

Someone with a more anxious style means that their cup already has water in it while others have less in their cup. This means that it takes less water (or situations) to have the cup overflow.

Remember – although it is helpful to know the history of your fear. It’s NOT essential.