Anxiety and its Merits

What can anxiety be good for, one might think. If it is only temporary, then it is much easier to deal with the knot in your stomach and the obsessive thoughts going round in circles. However, if you are one of the chronic worriers, then the sole idea of anxiety makes you anxious.

Trait anxiety has been widely studied by psychologists and medical professionals in order to help people to better cope with the symptoms. There are many varieties of psychotherapy that can help to alleviate the pressure of anxiety symptoms: heart palpitations, palms sweating, chest pressure, repetitive negative thinking patterns and other psychological and physiological signs that might endanger our health long term.

However, anxiety has not always been considered that undesirable. Once upon a time, individuals with the developed ability to detect danger were useful in communities while the chances of survival were much smaller than today. Today we live in a relatively protected society, we do not need to be in a constant state of alarm, we have shelter and different sources of security. Nevertheless, this trait has been preserved in our genes throughout generations although our environment has significantly changed.

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Still, today, anxiety as a trait can provide us with certain benefits. Your senses are wide awake and aware of small changes in the environment that others are not aware of.  You can transform your anxious trait into your advantage by seeing it as an integral part of your personality and as a gift from your ancestors that would might had not survived without your super-developed ability to sense the danger, although the danger now days might not be the real one, or it is much more rare and less serious, or in a different form. You can transform it by being conscious of your natural tendency to seek and detect small cues of danger and threat. You can use this tendency not to make yourself crazy of worry over small things, but to start creating changes in the early phases of a problem before it becomes more serious. You can use it to help others to realize the full complexity and subtleties of the situation. Of course, if they ask you for help. Do not try to alarm them if they are not prepared for that or if they have their own means of solving their problems.
In conclusion, you might never be able to completely become anxiety-free, but if you change your perspective of this trait of yours a little bit, you might accept it more as a part of who you are and as an advantage that you control instead of it controlling you.
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