It is said that excess anxiety is a preoccupation with the future. More specifically, it is the extended fear that you are destined to perform poorly and suffer (or cause) severe consequences.
In other words, we can say it is a kind of failure to see clearly what our biology is telling us is important and meaningful with this perfectly normal warning bell.
This can happen because we have allowed our minds to get cluttered with half-truths and story fragments.
The biological solution to mental clutter is a kind of defragmentation that happens during REM sleep, which is why anxiety tends to minimize after a good night’s rest and maximize as the day goes on.
A longer-term complementary solution is something like mindfulness meditation.
But what about right now? How do you gain clarity without inducing a coma or time traveling to your future Buddha?
Brian dumping through writing is how.
Spend some time (5-10 minutes, an hour, whatever it takes) writing down whatever pours from your head. Involve your heart and gut, too—describe the feelings and sensations that are plaguing you.
When you get these anxiety phantoms out of your mind and onto the page, it is much easier to see them for what they are. They cannot hide behind your fears whispering deceitful encouragements or rely on distraction to burrow deeper.
Clear your mind and cripple anxiety before it cripples you.