From a traditional perspective, anxiety could be defined as the physiological reaction to imagined fear. In other words, the fear of what has not yet happened. From a spiritual perspective, anxiety can be classified as a form of resistance. When you are anxious, you are resisting the unknown elements outside of your control—circumstances that might be brought about by the Universe. Perhaps more significantly, however, anxiety is the resistance to your own feelings and to your innate power to handle whatever may come.
So upon anxiety, it is important to notice what feelings you are resisting—i.e., ignoring, stuffing, burying, or judging. Is it sadness, anger, or fear that you are not allowing yourself to feel? The non-allowance or resistance of your feelings manifests as nervous, anxious energy. Here is a 3x3 step process that may help: it’s called GAOxLCP.
G is for gratitude. Instead of hating the anxiety, be grateful to the anxiety for pointing you to the feelings you are resisting. Next is A for Allowing those feelings to be there—Accept them, give them a space to exist and let them move through your body. Remember, it’s okay to feel! Feeling is not bad or wrong, and feelings cannot hurt you or kill you. And finally O—recognize that you are Okay, right here, right now. How do you know you are Okay? Recognize your LCP—love, care, and protection of yourself, now and in the future.
Perhaps this seems like a lengthy process, but if you get it down, it should help tremendously with the anxiety. Here’s how it might sound: “Thank you, anxiety, for showing me what I need to feel. (Then feel!) It’s okay to feel, it’s okay to be afraid/sad/angry/etc. I love myself; I’m caring for myself; I’m protecting myself. I am okay, right here, right now. I will love me; I will always care for me; I will always protect me. I’m going to be okay. I’m going to be okay. I am going to be okay”
And repeat as many times as necessary. Next time you feel anxious, stop resisting how you feel! Thank your anxiety, feel your feelings, and realize you will be okay by accepting your inherent power to love, care, and protect yourself, unconditionally, no matter what.