You feel like something bad is going to happen. Worse yet, you're convinced of it.
Excessive worry, or anxiety, comes in so many flavors I couldn't begin to describe them here. Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety...Specific Phobias, just to name a few.
Anxiety is your brain's reaction to a perceived threat. Your brain, you see, doesn't know what you're worried about; as far as your brain knows, you're being chased by a tiger. To get you ready to run from the tiger, your turns up some parts of your body that you'd need for that, and quiets other parts of you that you don't need to get to safety.
Your heart pounds. Your mind races, or goes blank. Your breathing increases. You feel like you can't sit still.
Generalized anxiety feels different - that nagging feeling that something bad is about to happen, but you don't know what, or just what feels like constant worrying.
If you're curious about what type of anxiety you might have, take this quiz.
There is a way out. With mindfulness and cognitive behavioral interventions, you can get ahead of the tiger, and stop worrying.
Get ahead of the tiger.