People don’t choose to be anxious. It shows up like an uninvited house guest. Having high levels of anxiety is not a pleasant experience for most people, but anxiety serves a function – it warns us of possible dangers and encourages us to stay safe. Still, when anxiety reaches an unhealthy level, it can make us dysfunctional. In this unprecedented time, most of us are experiencing anxiety about situations that are real and at the same time, uncertain.
People experience anxiety in different ways. For some people, the worry thoughts are easy to identify and challenge. But many people “feel” anxiety in other ways, like aches and pains, irritability or poor concentration. Identifying that these changes are caused by anxiety helps us know what to do next. If you suspect that you or someone in your house is experiencing anxiety:
Managing relationships includes recognizing anxiety and accepting that people have different ways of coping.
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