Anxiety is one of those things that a LOT of people have, but nobody seems to know what causes it.
Anxiety is defined as: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
I think we’ve all had an experience like this before. Whether it’s been in our relationships, in school, at work, or friends, wouldn’t you agree?
Sometimes it comes in the form of “I want them to like me and i’m afraid that they don’t.”
So, the moral of this story and article is that… it’s okay to admit that you get anxious, nervous, frustrated, stressed.
Regardless if you have really intense panic attacks and you’ve been going to doctors and psychologists for years, or if you just have frustrating and stressful days at work sometimes, maybe you hate doing homework! There’s nothing wrong with you.
When you google “What causes anxiety”, you’ll find something like this “Anxiety disorders may be caused by environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, or a combination of these. It is most commonly triggered by the stress in our lives.”
For most people, they see something like that and say “Yeah, stress, the environment, that’s why I have anxiety… Okay, I guess that’s it then”. That answer is satisfactory.
I’d like to take it a few steps deeper. This page says anxiety is “caused by environmental factors”…. what factors exactly would that be? It says that it’s “most commonly triggered by the stress in our lives”. Why do we have the stress in the first place? What are we doing collectively as a species that most people have anxiety?
What are we doing that’s created anxiety to be the most common mental illness?
This is unnatural. Can you see another species in nature where almost half of the species is “mentally ill”?
And here’s another question… Why is it that we’ve labelled anxiety as a mental illness? By labeling it as one, we’ve made the problem about the individual person. It’s essentially saying “Hey, if you have anxiety, there is something wrong with you.”
It’s actually pretty simple. As a species, we’ve created a perceived separation between all of us.
When we feel separate, isolated, and without anyone to back us up or give us love, we have panic attacks, anxiety, depression, all of it! There are now millions of people who are feeling this way, completely alone in the world, as if everyone around them is an enemy.
When everyone is your enemy, and you have no-one in your life to comfort you when your feeling down… and maybe you don’t even have anyone you can comfort, it’s very easy to feel alone and depressed.
The good news is, there is something you can do about it. It’s something we can all do. When we begin to create more intimate, real, and powerful connections with each other, we can begin to feel safe again around other people, and step back into who we really are. The return to innocence that we once were when we were born.
You can truly be, do, or have anything you want.