Your heart races, your hands tremble and you start to sweat. Anxiety is a part of life. We all get nervous. And it’s not a bad thing. Anxious feelings can help motivate us.
But for some of us, anxiety can be an issue. It can keep us from living happy, healthy lives. Do you wonder if your anxiety is getting in your way? Read the scenarios below. Think about how anxious these tend to make you.
Some of us are simply more anxious than others. Score yourself for each item. Give yourself a:
0 – If this idea doesn’t bother you. You feel cool, calm and relaxed.
1 – If you worry about this. You might feel butterflies or think about negative outcomes.
2 – If the idea of this makes you feel scared. You may not be able to stop thinking about negative outcomes. And you might find that you go out of your way to avoid these situations or you take extraordinary measures to help yourself reduce your nerves.
3 – If this idea causes you panic. You might have shortness of breath, feel dizzy, cry, shake or feel like you’re having a heart attack. You may feel out of control or have a sense that things aren’t real.