Ambrose Redmoon said it best, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.“
When I read this quote, I’m reminded that anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. Anxiety alerts us to the things we care about and signals motivation to act. Yet without courage, as this quote suggests, anxiety can leave us stuck in a loop of rumination, withdrawal, and feeling out of control.
Fearing our anxiety escalates it, and in turn, reduces our natural ability to use it constructively. In this heightened sense of anxiety, we can be overtaken and struggle to find calm. This is when anxiety can feel like it’s "attacking” us, rather than the other way around. During these moments all we can think about is the anxiety and struggle to pinpoint any of the constructive elements of our feelings. Too much is simply too much.
With September marking the end of summer, and for many a transition back to work and school, anxiety is naturally part of the landscape. Yet despite wanting anxiety to work for us and direct us toward our next best action, sometimes it simply isn’t that easy. This digest is thus dedicated to strategies of regaining control when anxiety threatens to take over. Below are some of my best hacks for easing excessive anxiety, minimizing fear loops, and regaining a sense of control.
Wishing you strength, positivity, and control.