When Anxious: Remember Those Good Anchors That Keep You Secure

We often think of anchors as things that weigh us down in a bad way. Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed, that awful feeling of slipping away without a tether just adds to the anxiety. That’s when I think of my good anchors, those people, places and things that provide a healthy attachment to who I am and to my life. When I remember my anchors I can breathe calm again.

The book I mention in the video, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is by Ned Vizzini, who spent time in a psychiatric hospital. The publisher describes the book: “At his new school, Craig sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping—until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into [the psychiatric unit of Brooklyn] hospital where Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety. For a novel about depression, it’s definitely a funny story.”

Video: What is Anxiety? The Fight/Flight Response

A video from the Explore What’s Next YouTube Channel! Don’t let that awful face I’m making scare you. The video is really good. Trust me. Watch it, ‘Like’ it and share it with your friends!

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