Great to see a thread on the positives. It's funny that anxiety can be so horrible, but in a way I'm glad it's happened to me.
Sun Tzu says in The Art of War; "Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated". We can't defeat our enemies until we know them and we can't know them if they are hidden. I often think that if my anxiety didn't manifest this year, I would never have the capacity to understand it and it would remain a part of my life in more damaging and insidious ways. Now I know what I'm dealing with and I'm overcoming it. Every time your anxiety arises, you understand it better and in turn become more adept at defeating it. Imagine how many people don't have that chance to overcome their demons? You do.
I also heard something last night that people with anxiety are actually just those of us on the planet that are sensitive and open enough to the energy of the world. I have to agree; I often get told that I am intuitive and I know that I feel things that other people don't. While sometimes that is negative (anxiety/fear), a lot of times it is positive in the form of noticing someone's emotional state, energy or when they need support. I'm sure a lot of you are the same. You often know just the right thing to say, when to be silent or speak up, when to stay or leave and when to give someone a hug. You have the capacity to enjoy everything even more. You may experience fear more intensely, but you also experience love and positively more intensely too. To me, that's a really wonderful thing and makes life a beautifully rich experience.
Lastly, if all else fails, one of my symptoms in anxiety attacks is that my legs feel very strange. I get a lot of tension and cramps and I suddenly feel overly tall or a bit like I'm walking in slow motion. Personally, I find that quite hilarious. A 6 foot man walking around like he's on the moon because his legs have gone to jelly. An important reminder to laugh! Even if I'm having anxiety, I crack up at how ridiculous it is.
Anxiety is so much about perspective. I hope you are able to see yours in a new light today. Sending you love xx