We have all felt that “rush” through our minds and bodies – sometimes it’s excitement and sometimes it’s anxiety. But what is the difference? Whether we are anxious or excited our bodies are in a physiologically aroused state: heart racing, blood pumping, butterflies in our stomach. But our thoughts look different: “I’m so nervous for this presentation” vs. “I’m getting excited to help people learn about this new topic.” Finding a positive, something you are looking forward to, or genuine curiosity about your situation will help to reframe and better cope with anxiety.
Take a look at the article below that helps to explain the difference and how you can better harness your anxious energy and move it toward feelings of excitement.