Anxiety and Change
Change is good; change helps one grow in several aspects. But change is scary because it disturbs our current routine. Even if our current routine is all about sitting on a couch all day or actually waking up at 5 am and hustling from day to night – it is all predictable. A little change in the schedule for a day or a week won’t seem like a big thing because the predictable routine is soon going to return. And if it’s a completely new schedule even for a week, it tends to throw people off their best game.
Anxiety can be as subtle as insomnia or as extreme as a panic attack. It can be a heavy chest, some grinding teeth or even a bottomless pit in the stomach.
I have always found change and anxiety to be interlinked. Anxiety arises with the need to control and to know that everything will fall into place. Change creates chaos that gives no guarantee that everything will go the way one would want. It is said that change puts you out of your comfort zone and into the learning zone. How does one know whether the change is enough to help you grow or push you into a hell hole of anxiety?
Smaller changes often allow somethings to stay constant and those things are what we can fall back on, in the middle of uncertainty. These changes would be: moving into a new house, getting a new job. And the bigger changes would be: moving countries, traveling alone for the first time. The bigger changes can’t accommodate the constants of life and that’s why they provide the greatest of growths.
Change is a cause of anxiety. Sometimes it just feels safer to be stuck in a rut than to spread your wings and fly. But because some changes are important, anxiety needs to be dealt with.
Ways to deal with anxiety:
- Writing a journal
- Automated writing
- Channeling guidance
- Faith and prayer
- Positive Affirmations i.e. “Everything will fall into place exactly the way it is supposed to”
- 5 Deep Breaths