Anxiety is a very commonplace word in the English language, and yet, its use is often unclear and filled with misperceptions. When reduced to the basics, anxiety is simply an emotional response to accumulated, often unidentified, life stressors that result in the experience of agitation and distress. Anxiety can range from a short lived and normal emotional reaction to a set of consequences that are persistent, consistent, excessive, chronic and debilitating.
To manage anxieties, we need first to identify our own specific triggers. Look at the companion poster for this guide and begin to assess what triggers are most salient for you. Write these triggers in your journal and or openly share them with a friend, your family, or a group.