It’s not a cliché … it’s real. Positive energy can help make life work better for you … But you need to be aware of it first. There are many situations in life that can cause you anxiety: taking an exam, asking your boss for a raise, going on a blind date, talking to someone important to you about sensitive topics, etc. When these situations arise in life, you can feel vulnerability and uncertainty, so anxiety will also be around the corner.

When a stressful situation occurs

Just the thought of a stressful situation can make your heart race. But as much as you fear those stomach-churning feelings, they serve one purpose: for humanity to evolve and advance. Anxiety is the alarm system that goes off when you come across a snake or tiger that says: all systems must work right now to survive.

If you go back to the time when human beings had to face great dangers and threats to their lives, those who were hypervigilant are the ones who survived. But we are fast moving into modern times, and we don’t need that level of alertness and mindset .

This intense stress response is wired to your nervous system, so even things that aren’t a real danger can make your heart race inside your chest … but you don’t have to lose control. During anxiety-provoking experiences, your body’s response may be automatic, but with practice, you can develop the skills necessary to transform your distress into something more positive.

This is not so easy for people who live with chronic anxiety or for those who feel constant worry … but if you are one of the people who have anxiety from time to time, it is time to turn those nerves into your best ally. Do not miss these tips to get it!

Understand your emotions

When you start to have physical symptoms of anxiety, you need to understand what is happening to you and why. Your hands may feel sweaty, throbbing in your stomach, palpitations, or rapid breathing … your physical response is the most obvious sign of anxiety. Although these physical symptoms bear a striking resemblance to positive emotions: in fact, they are the mirror image of those you experience when you are excited.

Take a second and think about how you felt during exciting times in your life, like when you kissed for the first time or when you rode a roller coaster for the first time. The physical reaction is identical, right? This is because, whether you are worried or excited, your body experiences the same heightened state of arousal.

Now here’s the real part to keep in mind: Since they are physically the same, the only difference between anxiety and emotion is your perception of it. Emotion is energy in motion. We label certain emotions as ‘negative’, but energy by itself is neither good nor bad. The response of your heart is that your body says that something important is happening and it is you who interprets it in one way or another. Both emotions, anxiety and excitement, start the same way, but it is up to you to decide whether you are going to translate your body’s signals with a positive or negative slant.

In many cases, you have more power over your anxiety than you think. By viewing your body’s reaction as an objective response, you can choose whether you are going to feel fear or euphoria.

Evaluate your anxiety again

When you’re feeling spooked by anxiety, your first instinct is probably to calm down. But the conventional wisdom to “stay calm and carry on” might not be the best advice when you encounter a potentially stressful situation. Why? Because trying to relax when your heart and adrenaline are at a peak can be tricky. Also, when people try to relax they often do so by resisting or running away from uncomfortable feelings.  Suppressing emotions will never work well.

On. Instead of working against your body, simply re-evaluate the sensation you attribute to the physical response. How can you do it? Talk to yourself, you can say things like: “I’m excited”, and when your palms start to sweat and your armpits too, you can say things like: “Well, my body is ready for this sporting event called life It will keep me cool under pressure. ” The way you verbalize your feelings helps build how you feel. In essence, you can create your own reality by speaking of your anxiety as positive energy … it’s that easy! You are the owner of your thoughts and your feelings ! You are what you think!

Keep an opportunity mindset

Every time you feel stressed about something, your body goes into fight or flight mode to handle perceived danger. This is an automatic response embedded in your DNA and it is totally natural … But part of successfully transforming your anxious ball of nerves into a positive energy force involves moving from a victim mentality to an opportunity mentality. Rather than viewing fight or flight as a threat response, think of it as how your body prepares you to meet a challenge.

Anxiety is just preparing the mind-body system for great performance. If we can channel it into the task at hand, we can get a lot out of ourselves instead of that anxiety boycotting your abilities. It is possible to alter your attitude towards the stress of fear towards the stress of opportunity .

The moment you feel vulnerable and step out of your comfort zone is when growth occurs. To see anxiety as a path to new possibilities, you may first need to examine the “filter” you use to see the world . If your filter is colored with suspicion, fear and worry, it can prevent you from taking risks and achieving what you want in life. By changing your sight to one of hope and enthusiasm, you will be able to recognize an anxiety-provoking situation as a prospect of progress .

So from now on, take an anxiety-provoking thought and give it a positive outlook. Use that energy to your advantage. Take a position of power and you will feel better … then you will have an opportunity mentality and you can overcome any stressful situation. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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