Emotions of anxiety can exist on a spectrum, from butterflies in your stomach to full-blown panic. Those emotions only become detrimental to your everyday life when you begin to use coping mechanisms to suppress or avoid the anxiety-inducing factors all together. According to Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Ph.D., founder of Wise Therapeutics, embracing your future's uncertainty and discomfort forces you to confront areas in your life that require work and growth.
"The flip side of anxiety is actually hope, because we're still in it to win it when we're anxious," Dennis-Tiwary says. "Unfortunately, I think we've unintentionally conveyed this idea that mental health equals the absence of emotional discomfort. Really, that's not the case at all.
"What emotional health is — in its purest sense — is the ability to navigate the unavoidable ups and downs of life. The only way out is through."
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