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13 Responses to "Anxiety…"

  1. Linda EspositoNo Gravatar says:

    OK–I’ll take a stab since nobody likes to be the first commenter:

    Anxiety is…only as debilitating as you make it.

  2. (Mr. Cynical) DaveNo Gravatar says:

    …(that pathetic little dog thinking) “Oh shit, I peed myself again.”

  3. BethNo Gravatar says:

    …what grips your heart at 2 am with worry over the presentation at work that you spent days preparing for, and that you’ll hopefully nail despite the constant stream of negative thoughts.

  4. MartinNo Gravatar says:

    (Stress x fear x self-doubt) – control = anxiety

    I suppose the real issue is whether it’s situation specific, like I used to get when cross-examining witnesses in court, or whether it’s always there for you.

  5. JesseNo Gravatar says:

    Anxiety is …. eased when we risk talking about it with another compassionate soul and learn that we aren’t the only one feeling anxious.

  6. Alison Golden - The Secret Life of a Warrior WomanNo Gravatar says:

    Ouch, those nails. And the cat – my cat is currently doing that on top of our bay window. I heard some unfriendly cat sounds and now she’s up there. So I guess she’s keeping a lookout…Anxiety is feeling jittery, having thoughts’ pop into my head and pushing them away. It’s also about planning, planning, planning. Over planning.

  7. irenesavareseNo Gravatar says:

    Excitement plus out of control negative thoughts.
    Excitement is mostly regarded as positive, but combined with negative thoughts can become very anxiety provoking. Taking a good look at the negative thought (for instance in trying something new) can decrease anxiety and be perceived more as a “natural” and more manageable feeling of excitement.

  8. Dawn LennonNo Gravatar says:

    Worry…especially over situations you believe are beyond your control.

  9. Samantha BangayanNo Gravatar says:

    Anxiety is… my heart beating too quickly, my shoulders tense, my teeth clenched, my eyes brows furrowed, my eyes darting about and my head throbbing.

    Thanks so much for having us reflect on this, Linda! The photos were really helpful and it had me realizing how anxiety affects my body. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to work on — to be more conscious of how my body is reacting to give me clues on how I can support myself. =)

    Love that we’re now in touch! =)

  10. Linda EspositoNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome Samantha! It’s always nice to see a new face and perspective:).
    Thanks for the idea for a blog post…we all live with anxiety and one of the most important methods for handling it is recognizing it in the body, and using self-awareness as a tool to practice techniques to lower the heart rate, the blood pressure, and reduce other physical symptoms, as well.

    Look forward to connecting more!

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  12. Cherry WoodburnNo Gravatar says:

    anxiety is thinking that the milliped I just washed down the sink is alive and well and plotting how he’s going to climb back up the drain to get me back.
    Seriously anxiety is knots in the stomach.

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