Anxiety is a slippery emotion. It is the WD-40 of experience, making other emotions slither in all aspects of your life. Anger gets bigger and sadness can skid into depression. It also affects your smell — bet you didn’t know that. And it also makes you feel like you might fall over, so balance is affected too.
But that’s not all: anxiety has the effect of making you think others’ are looking at you or at least avoidant of you, and you wonder why you don’t really want to go to church when you are anxious. And sometimes anxiety results in you feeling like people are violating your space, as in “Give me back the remote!” or “Stop asking me so many questions!” Anxious people seem to expand their need for personal space and they talk about boundaries a lot.
We all know that anxiety is an important emotion – it makes us aware of danger and so our biology has adjusted to winter weather (“Get on those snow tires”), increasing density of housing or school size, the intrusion of not-so-smart phones. Many anxiety triggers can be crippling to normal social interaction and simple peace. A friend of mine says, “Don’t forget to breathe.” I always forget that.
If you wish to know more about anxiety and how to handle the skiddy thing, please see my “other” blog space entitled “Comments from the Couch.”