We tend to loathe the term anxiety, especially those that suffer from it, and know its consequences, and inherent demons.

Hypo Mania (Bipolar II) has its roots in anxiety.  But there are benefits to anxiety that I miss on occasion.

The Yin:

Productivity – With anxiety, I can get a lot done, and can do so at an accelerated pace that outdoes anyone else.  Productivity becomes heightened and rises above the next guy.

Intensity – Anxiety and intensity go hand in hand.  When you are anxious your feelings are acute.  Your intensity rises and you are able to meet the world with a different lens.

Believability – You believe in your thoughts, your convictions with fierce belief.  Anxiety forces faith in your ideas and cause anxiety that will rule your consciousness.

The Yang:

Sleep – You don’t sleep much. You feel the angst in the brain, and it keeps you afloat to a point where you’re overcome with anxiety, heightened energy, that is draining.

Anger – With anxiety comes anger.  Your frustration level escalates fast and can make you lash out on society.  It can produce a quick snap, or a long annoyance that can be hard to manage without a mood stabilizer.

Exhaustion – The dichotomy of anxiety is it fuels unwarranted energy, but that energy is exhausting.  It catches up with you.  So even though your anxiety allows you to work faster, harder, and allow you to achieve your goals faster, easier, it has its set backs. It has its repercussions.

The yin and yang.

It’s important to accept, embrace, and welcome both sides of the sword.  One will beat out the other.  One will be an easier route in life.  It comes down to the individual.

Anxiety is a beast, but a lack of it can be another type of beast altogether.

 







    Last reviewed: 30 Jun 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). The Benefits of Anxiety: What’s Wrong With It, What’s Right With It.. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/06/29/the-benefits-of-anxiety-whats-wrong-with-it-whats-right-with-it/

 

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