Life & Philosophy

The Anxious Mind

Anxiety is a tool for action, prompting us to do something about our nagging worries. The longer we wait to tackle anxiety, the more anxious we get.

Today’s anxieties are different than yesterday’s. Cavemen worried about their next meal. Rather than spending time hunting, the ordinary person today worries about their career, relationships, and even which Smartphone to buy.

Anxiety persists everywhere: during vacation or when a family member dies. It all comes down to perception. Instead of getting frustrated, we can postpone a worry for later. Instead of mourning, we can shift focus and celebrate someone’s life instead.

Anxiety is a tricky itch. Worries can be stupid and exaggerated but also real and pervasive. Anxiety can trigger positive action yet backlash by preventing us from doing what we want or enjoy. But If we accept anxiety for what it is, we don’t need to seek certainty at all.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.