Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States? In fact, around 40 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population, report that it significantly affects their day-to-day lives. Anxiety might show up in the form of labored breathing, an uneasy feeling or panic attacks.
Anxiety isn’t easy to live with, and it gets a bad rap. But it can also motivate people for success. In fact, many highly successful and accomplished people live with anxiety. Today we’re not going to look at the bad side of anxiety. Rather, we’re going to look at how you can use it to your advantage.
You Stay Busy
As we mentioned above, having anxiety can actually be very motivating. Feeling anxious about paying the bills, eating healthy or being a good parent can be positive motivators to work hard. People with this type of anxiety typically stay busy, and see great success in areas of their lives as a result. The key is to channel the energy into positive motivation.
You Shoot for Perfection
People with high anxiety tend to be perfectionists. Why? Achieving a sense of perfection reduces anxious feelings. However, it is important to recognize that this can become a double-edged sword. Too high of standards can cause even more anxiousness, creating a never-ending cycle.
While it’s important to realize that perfection is never attainable. There’s something to the saying, ‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you’ll miss, you’ll land among the stars.’ People who work toward perfection may not achieve it, but if they can learn to stop when they have reached the point of “good enough,” perfectionists can still become very high achievers.
You Don’t Let People Down
In fact, one of your biggest fears is letting people down. People with anxiety put a ton of pressure on themselves. Because you are always striving to do the right thing and be the best you can for others, you work hard to make sure you don’t let others down. People know that they can count on you, and that’s great. The key to finding balance here is making sure that you’re not always putting others’ needs before your own. Perhaps surprisingly, once you nurture yourself first, you’re much better able to take care of others.
You Usually have a Plan B
When you’re feeling anxious about doing something, you make a plan, and then another plan, and maybe even another backup plan, just in case. Over-planning can create a sense of control or security, which is why many anxious people embrace it.