by Tehani Gunasekara
Finishing school, starting university, starting your first job, having a baby,.. all of these are positive changes. They are changes people pursue. So, it can be quite a surprise when you start feeling anxious about these changes. We usually associate anxious feelings with negative experiences and it can be a rude shock when a positive change brings about an anxious response in you. So why does this happen?
Anxiety is the body’s defence mechanism. It is the body’s response to our brains believing that we are in danger. When faced with something new, no matter how badly we wanted it, our brains can perceive it as dangerous. The fear of things not turning out as hoped, the fear of the unknown and doubts about our ability to meet the new demands are just some of the reasons that positive change can trigger anxiety in humans. So, how can you manage these transitions well?