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Facing Worry and Anxiety

Anxiety only becomes a problem when it is triggered too frequently, too intense, or you can’t turn it off.


Everyone faces anxiety and worry in different levels every day. A little anxiety and worry can be very useful as their most important function is to prepare us for the possibility of danger in the future.

For example, what will happen if you did not worry at all for the test you will be taking tomorrow; learn your lines for a play; work on your financial planning after purchasing a brand-new car; or do your best when you perform?


Another important function of anxiety is to get us into the fight or flight mode that our body is naturally tune into when faced with danger or threat.


For instance, you feel a little anxious and tense driving on a stormy day. You are more likely to hold on to the steering wheel with both hands, sit up straight, can put extra effort on the road for possible threat. When the car in front of you make an immediate break, your emotions moves from anxious to fearful as your fight or flight response is triggered and you respond instantly by putting out your signal and make an immediate break too.


Anxiety only becomes a problem when it is triggered too frequently, too intense, or you can’t turn it off. If you are always anxious and worry, it means your body is always in preparation mode for fight or flight. While you won’t die directly from anxieties and worries, long term anxiety and worry will cause sleep problems, fatigue, irritability, poor focus, poor performance and reduce productivity.


Anxiety can be triggered by anything that is perceived as danger or potential harm. What causes a person to be anxious may not affect the other person.


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