We hear the word anxiety and for most a picture pops into our head of what anxiety looks and/or feels like. This picture is different for many.

For some, anxiety may look or feel like:

  • A panic attack
  • Heart palpitations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Redness in the face and neck
  • Shallow breathing
  • Claustrophobia
  • Difficult to function in day-to-day life
  • Not coping
  • Heart racing
  • Sweating
  • Clamming palms
  • Feeling small like you don’t exist
  • Tantrums
  • Refusal to leave the house
  • Refusal to participate in a difficult task

 The list of possibilities of what anxiety may look and feel like from low intensity to high intensity symptoms experienced in the body is endless.

Further to this it is common to associate anxiety as a condition  of ‘someone else’. But is it possible that anxiety is experienced by most, if not all people at some stage in their life … possibly even daily?

If yes, then it is important we get to the bottom of understanding anxiety.

Put simply:

Anxiety occurs in the body when we do not perceive we have the required skills to respond to life and the lessons life presents

~Tanya Curtis

 

So let’s understand this phrase in more detail:

  1. Anxiety occurs in the body
  2. When we do not perceive we have the required skills
  3. To respond to life and the lessons life presents 

 

Anxiety occurs in the body

Anxiety, on presentation, is simply the symptoms that our body is experiencing. Our body, through its behaviours, words, thoughts and/or feelings, is talking to us all the time; but what is it saying? 

When our body is expressing via preferred behaviours, words, thoughts and/or feelings, it is simply telling us that it ‘perceives’ it has the required skills to respond to what life is presenting at that given moment.

As soon as the body starts expressing even the tiniest forms of unwanted behaviours, words, thoughts and/or feelings it is then simply expressing that a part of life has been presented that we do not perceive we are completely equipped to respond to. Thus…

 

Thus anxiety is simply the body’s means of it communicating to us how it is currently experiencing life.

 

When we do not perceive we have the required skills

One of the most important words in this line is ‘perceive’; simply meaning it is not whether a person does or does not have the required skills at any given moment to respond to life, rather, it is whether the person themselves feels/perceives that they do in fact have the required skills.

 

The perception of skills is actually what discerns anxiety, rather than the actual and existing skill level.

 

If a person does not perceive they have the required skills to respond to what life is presenting it is a guarantee their anxiety levels will be elevated and shown through symptoms in the body.

Alternatively, once a person perceives they do have the required skills to respond to what life is presenting then their anxiety levels will be showing minimal if any symptoms of anxiety; thus the body is more likely to be in its natural harmonious state.

 

To respond to life and the lessons life presents

Life is presenting each and every one of us an endless array of lessons, which we can simply call ‘the classroom of life’.

In our traditional classroom we learn to read, write etcetera. But what if our lessons go far beyond the traditional classroom and all-day-every-day we are in the classroom of life’?

Life presents to us all places to be, people to spend time with, projects to be part of, awareness to experience and so on. All-day-every-day life is presenting us new lessons.

Some lessons presented may be ones we perceive we are equipped to approach, whereas others, we may perceive as overwhelming, challenging and not ones we perceive we have the required skills to respond to.

 

Thus anxiety is simply a symptom that our body experiences when we perceive we have not YET developed the skills to respond to the life lessons we have been presented and re-presented.

 

Combatting anxiety is simply embracing each life-lesson as an opportunity … an opportunity to self-master life and all that it presents.

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Anxiety can be a serious condition, requiring medical attention. If you are feeling suicidal and/or desperate, please seek appropriate medical assistance, contact your GP, or this international link http://togetherweare-strong.tumblr.com/helpline that provide a list of support services.