High anxiety sufferers are creative. I don’t believe this to be a coincidence - you have to be creative to become consistently anxious!
There is no doubt in my mind that you have a gift, and allowing this gift to be represented by high anxiety is an injustice.
“Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.”
- T.S. Eliot
Channel this creativity into something positive, something that offers a challenge.
The reason I had severe social anxiety is because I didn’t have anything to talk about! Nothing was going on in my life. Anxiety kept me locked away in my tiny little world, and there wasn’t any new information entering my mind. That’s why having a hobby is important. You learn new things and meet new people, giving you something to talk about.
My personal passion is cooking. It allows me to be very creative. Other creative hobbies could include photography, painting, or learning a language or instrument. Creative hobbies that include exercise, such as dancing and gardening, are even better.
Use your gift of deep thought and understanding to gain knowledge. Read books that sparks your imagination. Subscribe to magazines on subjects of interest. Watch documentaries on interesting subjects. I developed a fascination for astronomy after watching a documentary. Whenever I feel a little anxious or stressed (everybody does) I often look up at the sky. It helps remind me my problems aren’t as big as I thought they were.
Voluntary work allows you to help people without all the pressure and stress that normally comes with paid work. Psychologically, this is very powerful and rewarding. I’m a strong believer in whatever you give out you get back in multiples. I know most of us have a million and one reasons why we’re too busy to do this or that, but donate just a little of your time (even if it’s just an hour a week) to helping others and reap the rewards.
When you decide to leave the highly anxious you behind, you’ll appreciate how much time you dedicated to being anxious. This creates a big gap in your life that needs filling. This gap can make it easy to revert back to old habits, so keep yourself active and busy, and don’t allow yourself time to be anxious.
Try things out until you find something you’re passionate about, things you enjoy so much you ‘forget’ to be anxious.
ABOUT CARL VERNON
Carl Vernon is a best-selling author & speaker, talking and writing about all things anxiety, stress, success & well-being.