You’re confused, we get it. Yes, there are some actual benefits of having anxiety and yes, we understand how absolutely bonkers this sounds, but stick with us for just a moment.
Consider it a Message
You know how sometimes you just can’t turn your brain off about a particular area of your life? Maybe it’s the relationship you’re in, maybe it’s work, it could be family stuff, whatever the situation in question may be, if it’s causing you an abundant amount of anxiety, think of this as a warning sign that perhaps you need to reevaluate something.
People with anxiety tend to be highly intelligent and that actually totally checks out. If you struggle with anxiety, more than likely you’re an incredibly good researcher, quite the critical thinker, and amazing at analyzing.
Maximum Level of Preparedness
When faced with challenges or obstacles, your overactive brain kinda just goes, “I’ve been preparing for this!” In fact, research can tell us that students and athletes who experience anxiety actually perform better on tests and when participating in competitive sports. We don’t know about you, but we imagine a lot of scenarios playing out in our brain constantly, and well, one of those is bound to happen, right?
We Love an Empathizer
You know those people that you can just be yourself around? The ones you can say “hey, I’m just not feeling like hanging out today” instead of having to come up with a lame excuse? Well, odds are, if you have anxiety, you’re that friend. Having gone through the daily struggle of dealing with your own anxiety helps you be more supportive and caring for those around you that also struggle.
Follow the Leader
People with anxiety, believe it or not, make great leaders because they carefully consider the possibility of a number of outcomes. This coincides with what we mentioned earlier about always being prepared.
ABC – Always Be Caring
Anxiety, if nothing else, means we care and we can use this to our advantage. Think about anxiety as a way to pinpoint your top priorities in life.
Research tells us that acute bouts of stress can boost brain growth and memory. Have you noticed that when you stress about something, then you go to execute that said something not only did you do so with flying colors, but then you feel like, super prepared to conquer said task the next time? Yeah, you can thank your anxiety for that.