Before I proceed; I want to iterate that anything after this is not to be seen as an adequate replacement for seeking individual, clinical mental health treatment. While I am a licensed, independent mental health therapist this piece is to be considered a support/resource...not treatment.
The thing about anxiety is... it can be used for good, or (if not managed well) it can be detrimental. The difference between the everyday person's experience of anxiety, and the anxiety of a top performing athlete is that that athlete has trained his/her mind to utilize that anxiety towards performance. My point is..traditionally "anxiety" isn't thought of as a useful thing, BUT it can be... if you learn how to positively manage it. Before one can conquer anxiety, it's important to have a clear understanding of what it is. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines "anxiety" as: an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure." APA states that people with anxiety disorders usually exhibit recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns, and may also avoid certain situations out of worry. Anxiety can be triggered by something as simple as checking out at the grocery store due to worry if the cashier is judging you by the products you're purchasing ...to having panic attacks triggered by flashbacks of past abuse. Anxiety has many different forms; and people physically experience it in different ways. For more information on anxiety and anxiety related disorders, check out the video content under "Your Fit Mind".