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HANDLE WITH CARE PT. 2 | New Answers for Anxiety

‘Greatness looks like madness until it finds its context.’

I came across this quote from Russel Brand after some more anxious adventures, and since anxiety is a complex matter to reckon with, reproaching it from a few angles seems worthwhile.

Here’s Part II on Handling Anxiety With Care.

Anxiety, besides all of its maddening aspects, can be(come) our friend. An annoying friend, admittedly, nonetheless with benefits.
It requires some mental reframing, and patience which - I know - is hard to come by when your riddled with a head full of racing-at-full-speed thoughts.

There is a light at the end of the anxious tunnel: Understanding its underpinnings, deconstructing our crazy, helps us to get us closer to reaping its benefits.

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HANDLE WITH CARE | Answering Anxiety

My anxiety is a funny little thing.

On the one hand, it is not fun to be in a state of hyperthinking, hyperanalyzing, hyperprojecting a future that by laws of nature has not arrived yet. On the other, it’s also fun to be in a state of getting flooded by ideas, insights and inspiration. When I’m anxious, everything is ON, body and brain. I get going, and doing. Not all of it is good, not all of it is graceful.

The times I don’t feel anxious are few. Contrary to common advice, calm, serene environments are no guarantee to cure my hyper vigilance. I have had some of my most intense anxious outbursts (or better yet, “inbursts”) at post-card like white sandy beaches alongside the perfect pale-pink sunsets.

Places I feel least anxious: Airports, airplanes. Coffeeshops. Walking through cities.
Interestingly, wandering around in urban spaces with lots of busy business produces a relaxing quality when sitting in a mountain cabin, for instance, will give me cabin-fever within approximately five minutes post-arrival.

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