For those of us who've lost countless hours of sleep to anxiety, it can be hard to imagine what about the condition could possibly be good. But some researchers and philosophers have argued just that, pointing out that those of us who experience anxiety are often just plain better at some things in life.
Even if we aren't the most well-rested.
Mental Health Awareness Week happens every October, giving us all a chance to talk about anxiety.can also be a disorder that wreaks havoc on people's lives.
There are a lot of perfectly reasonable things to be anxious about right now.
But some experts are now saying anxiety doesn't have to be all bad.
Philosophers have long grappled with the upside of anxiety.told Quartz : "Kierkegaard says anxiety sucks, it’s really horrible and one of the most agonizing things you can go through, but you cannot be a creative, imaginative human being without anxiety. That’s the cost of entry for being that kind of a person." So hopefully at least some of your sleepless nights result in great ideas?
While there are many effective modern treatment options for those overwhelmed by anxiousness, some older remedies could be helpful as well.Taylor noted that in the past, people who suffered from anxious thoughts were often directed to read great works of literature or the Bible. Which might sound like just another thing to worry about, and certainly there are plenty of fresh anxieties to be found in the Bible (how many anxiety sufferers of the past started building large boats in the middle of the night?). But Taylor argues there may still be merit in this method.
He also notes that anxiety used to be more celebrated.During the Cold War, there was no shortage of things to worry about, but some argued that this was just the price of freedom. Anxiety was seen as something uniquely American, a sign that we were truly free, because we were able to make decisions, which in turn made us anxious. Though frankly, it's hard to imagine life under a dictatorship being relatively stress-free, unless of course you are the dictator.
Taylor is regretful this notion didn't catch on more.While noting that patients crippled with anxiety should explore every treatment option available, he notes that there are some who might benefit from looking at their condition as one that can have a positive effect on their lives.
Of course, that's way easier said than done.However the evidence supports that there are plenty of benefits to being an anxious person. For instance, people who suffer from anxiety have fewer accidents and are generally considered more trustworthy. Those who are chronically nervous might not see this though, as they're usually too busy worrying their symptoms are more obvious, or annoying, to others than they actually are.
Yet exploring the benefits of anxiety has become more popular lately.
Me trying to hide my anxiety at public functions https://t.co/DwGTpOzvfo— jay (@jay)1506981265.0