You’ve more than likely heard of the negative aspects associated with anxiety, but you may be surprised to learn that anxiety can have positive benefits too.
For many years, a common misconception existed: that anxiety was always bad for your health. But now, opinions are gradually shifting as new research shows that anxiety is far more complex. In fact, anxiety can be beneficial: it can motivate you to perform at your best, help you stay alert, make you aware of risks, and guide you in solving problems.
Next, let’s do a quick but effective self-reflection that will help you understand anxious thoughts better:
✍️ Take a moment to reflect on the last time you felt anxious. Write down any positive outcomes that arose from the experience: did your anxiousness make you feel more alert, motivated, or compelled to take action?
💡 Think back to a situation or event you avoided due to feeling anxious.
In the short-term, how did avoiding this situation make you feel? The avoidance coping strategy generally works well in the short-term, and you’ll likely feel relieved and calm. Take a moment to reflect and explore if this resonates with you.
But what about its effect on the long-term?
Take a moment to think about what happened in the long-term by avoiding this situation. You might come to the realisation that your avoidance did not erase your anxiety. Next, write down three positive outcomes that would arise from facing the situation you may be avoiding.
🧘♀️ Also interesting: Try our 10 minute Guided Meditation for Anxiety video