Anxiety, a friend or foe?
Anxiety is an emotion that everyone needs. It tells us when we are in danger or should expect something unpleasant to happen.
Anxiety begins as a friend that wants to protects you. It warns you when something is wrong, long before your conscious mind is aware of it. It keeps you safe, stopping you from taking unnecessary risks and warning you about the situations you should fear.
As a friend it knows your weaknesses and strengths, hopes and dreams.
It understands who you are.
Anxiety makes you believe it's always right. It makes you believe you can't handle different situations. It's a friend that prevents you from experiencing things that may harm, embarrass or worry you.
But it's a friend that protects you from one world but introduces you to another.
To a world of negative imagination, a world of worry.
It makes you see the bad rather than the good.
What will happen?
I am going to embarrass myself.
Everyone is looking at me.
They think you are stupid.
I can't do this...
When anxiety becomes a mental illness, this friend becomes your greatest enemy.
It makes you imagine every possible thing that could go wrong.
This foe knows how to hurt you and how to stop you from achieving and dreaming.
It makes us want to forget the past because it knows the thoughts and worries of past experiences always lurking in the back of our minds, waiting, to be sprung upon us when we're least expecting in an endless cycle.
Why did I do that?
Why did I say that?
They think I am weird.
It makes us fear the future.
What will happen?
What if I say or do the wrong thing?
What if everyone laughs?
And worst of all it makes us waste the present.
Anxiety helps us survive but stops us from truly living. It makes you fear your hopes and your dreams.
It protects you from the outside world by trapping you in a cyclone of fear and negative thoughts, over analysing, overthinking every little thing. It feels as if your thoughts are uncontrollable, running wild in a million different directions, a never-ending relay as a thought begins to fade the baton is passed on to another and another.
A world of worry protects you from the things that most likely will not happen.
It becomes your biggest commentator that constantly points out your every flaw, that makes you believe there is something 'wrong' with you.
It brings you into a world of worry, fear and self-hate.
Anxiety becomes a foe rather than a friend, it becomes your greatest enemy.
Anxiety blurs the line between friend or foe.
Fact or Fictitious
Reality or Imagination
Surviving or Thriving
Anxiety brings us into a world of negative imagination where people survive rather than live which makes it impossible to be happy. But it is the world of reality where we can have anxiety and still aim to thrive rather than survive.
Our minds become our greatest enemy but they are also our greatest strength.
Strength is to constantly fight against a sea of worries, to escape from a world of imagination to a world of reality.
Strength is to fight a friend that is a foe, to fight an illness of many faces.
Anxiety is both friend and foe.
Mental illness is many things but weakness is not one of them.