Being anxious has become standard behavior for us modern folks. Ask a person to describe himself and there’s a good chance he’ll include anxiety as a lifestyle descriptor. Feeling anxious is how many teenagers and children generally feel, especially those who are in step with the modern conveniences of smartphones and social media apps. Those who overeat or undereat, those who question their abilities or physical features, those who pretend to be experts or moderate proficients, and those who live facades or lies–all experience anxiety, that is, self-imposed struggle to maintain their self-imposed reality. (For young children, anxiety can be reactions to reality that is imposed on them through improper care by caregivers or experiences of fear or deep sadness. Anxiety in children can be included in this post discussion, but the remedies are often not in the children’s hands.)
What are the misunderstandings about anxiety? Anxiety is not an illness. Anxiety is not unnatural. Anxiety is not insurmountable. And it’s not combated with drugs or over-emphasis.
Anxiety is a natural response to uncertainty and pressure. It operates from a place of protection. It also helps slow down responses and missteps. Anxiety gives the body and mind a place to process confusion and expectations. It is a helpful experience because it causes people to pause or stop.
Anxiety is a symptom of overcompensation, overthinking, and undervaluing oneself. It is helpful when too much is being asked of a person or when expectations are impossible to achieve. It pushes towards reexamination of goals and ideas. It also pushes towards changes in personality and relationships (especially for anxious children).
Anxiety is best handled through examination of goals, relationships, and lifestyle choices. Each of these areas can contribute to anxiety, and so by examining them and recognizing the things that lead to anxiety, the anxiety can be lifted through revision of expectations. For children who are experiencing anxiety, parents and caregivers must examine their expectations on the children and pay attention to the children’s natural talents and likes.
Anxiety is a call to action, a call to make changes.
Note: This information has been spiritually received. Although I have stopped receiving spiritual wisdom on a regular basis, I am sometimes pushed to activate the channel.