My heart beats faster, but not as strong,
As the core of my love, begins to sink.
Obviously, something appears to be wrong,
For you to believe, I might need a shrink.
Because in my brain, I hear a Gong Bong,
It doesn’t mean, I need pills and a drink.
Maybe it’s just a favorite song,
Making my right-hand tremble, when I lip sync.
Ironically, when I was young Longfellow,
I was almost on the brink,
Of practicing psychology for a lifelong.
I thought, I could fix how other people think.
Though my thoughts seem to enjoy Ping Pong.
I’m not so sure, about my biology link.
And I’m concerned, because I don’t know how long,
My left eye will continue to wink.
By: ElRoy © 2017
The science behind, the effects of stress in our life: Anxiety, of course, has a purpose. It protects us from harm. Psychologist Rollo May first wrote in 1977: “We are no longer prey to tigers and mastodons but to damage to our self-esteem, ostracism by our group, or the threat of losing out in the competitive struggle. The form of anxiety has changed, but the experience remains relatively the same.” In other words, even though humans today aren’t chased by predators, we are chased by uncertainty about the health of our loved ones, whether we’ll have a job next week or next year, whether our company will go bankrupt—worries that provoke the same neurological and physical responses.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress.” Anxiety is fear of what might happen in the future. Sometimes that fear is rational and sometimes not. And sometimes it’s about something that will happen in three minutes (stepping onto a stage to make a presentation, for example) or in 30 years (having enough money to retire).
In the United States, anxiety is the most common mental illness, affecting more than 40 million adults each year. Data from the National Institute of Mental Health has indicated that about 30% of Americans experience clinical anxiety at some point in their lives. These numbers will only increase in the wake of the pandemic.
The good news for those of us who have managed anxiety for a long time is that we were made for this moment. Data shows that anxious people process threats differently, using regions of the brain responsible for action. We react quickly in the face of danger. We may also be more comfortable with uncomfortable feelings. When channeled thoughtfully, anxiety can motivate us to make our teams more resourceful, productive, and creative. It can break down barriers and create new bonds.
Excerpts from an article written by: Morra Aarons-Mele, May 11, 2020. https://hbr.org/cover-story/2020/05/leading-through-anxiety