I was talking with my friend Chamberlain recently, and it centered around our struggles with Anxiety. And he was talking about how things 1, 2, and 3 were causing him anxiety. And something immediately came to mind. These things – whether they be relational, emotional, career-based tensions and stresses – aren’t what causes anxiety. They are the ammunition that anxiety uses to feed us lies.
Anxiety sits in our brains, building false narratives to create stress. It’s the uncertain paranoias that it feeds us to bolster its position. Our body relies on our brains to process information; to discern between genuine fears and opportunities for our very survival. Anxiety turns every stressor into fear, every situation into fight or flight moment. This tension between a body constantly in distress because it thinks all situations are a danger and beginning to realize that our mind doesn’t have control over the situation is why our anxiety drives us into this crippling situation. It’s why we have panic attacks. Because our bodies are hyperventilating under the weight of all these false flags.