Turns out you can’t.
This week I had an interview with Nick Coffer (@nickcoffer) on BBC Radio discussing my personal experience with anxiety, and the recent release of my book Anxiety Rebalance.
I loved every second of it – not only because I was able to reach out to all the listeners that are suffering with anxiety, but also because very early on in our interview Nick confirmed he’d personally suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for many years.
It never ceases to amaze me the different types of people affected by anxiety, no matter their age, gender, appearance, or profession. As a live BBC radio presenter (which comes with a massive amount of pressure), Nick proves the fact that anxiety can affect anybody.
But here’s the interesting thing – as Nick and I chatted in between the records playing, he confirmed that the studio was one of the few places he felt most comfortable. Doesn’t that make you question how Nick can comfortably work in a highly pressurised environment that is a live BBC radio studio and feel as calm and relaxed as he does, all whilst suffering with high anxiety and panic attacks?
Here’s what I think:
Anxiety is a matter of perception.
Practice and time play their part (the more you practice something the easier and less stressful it becomes), but I also think so much of our anxiety is down to our perception, and what we think (and believe) is safe.
In other words, if you believe that working in a live radio studio is safe, then it is. If you believe that leaving your house isn’t safe, it’s not. If you believe that a supermarket will cause a panic attack, it will.
What do you think?
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