Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some Words of Hope on Anxiety

Iam a Family Doctor in Australia with an interest in mental health.  A common question that I ask my patients is, "Is anxiety good or bad?"  Invariably, I get "bad" as a response.

The answer is that, it is neither good or bad.  Anxiety is like a tool.  You can use it for good or bad,  just like fire.  You can use it for heating purposes, or you can use it to destroy things.  Most high achievers and successful people, are often very anxious, obsessive and are often, perfectionists.

Once you have learnt how to master it, then anxiety or stress can become your friend, and help you to be more motivated and achieve.

So, rather than thinking that you have got this terrible thing called anxiety, think of it like a superpower that you still have yet to master.  Once mastered though, it can help you to achieve great things.

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