Anxiety isn’t our enemy. It’s so easy to slip into a cycle where we have anxiety, then have anxiety about having anxiety, have anxiety about that, etc, until our world gets very small.
One way to interrupt this pattern is to open up conversation with your anxiety. What is it *really* saying? Whats the unmet need? Validating the need with self-compassion can lower anxiety and, with practice, break the cycle.
PRO-TIP: Research shows that with performance-related anxiety, people who have this anxiety conversation but tell their brain to reframe it as “EXCITEMENT” perform better and have lower anxiety than those who don’t.