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WisConcierge Blog Post

Anxiety is…

In my ongoing quest for mindfulness and self-improvement, I decided to start focusing on a word or a feeling and dissecting it to see what it really means to me. This is obviously going to be different for everyone. And I will say that this practice has really helped me become even more self-aware and given me cause to pause before reaction. As much as this website is about travels, its also about truth. My truth and my personal journey as I venture through life. The way you do this is by starting with a word that is weighing heavily on your mind (in this case, I have chosen anxiety). You then write a list of what that word means to you, what does it translate to or look like. And then, take the time to reflect on the list before you. Having that honesty with yourself is eye opening. With that said, anxiety to me is…

  • a long to do list
  • dirty dishes in the sink from yesterdays meals
  • thoughts of my moms passing
  • the weight of others emotions on my heart
  • self-deprecating jokes
  • large group settings
  • driving without navigation
  • feeling out of control
  • not being busy
  • speaking before thinking
  • the future milestones without my mom
  • being put on the spot
  • my phone
  • assumptions
  • silence amongst people
  • feeling guilty for my blessings

This is just a short list. And this practice really has been transformative. I have suffered from anxiety my entire life and the only way I have gotten through heavy times is always shifting my mindset, analyzing the problem and being candid with myself about it. I can proudly say that I have grown to realize that my strength, empathy, motivation, and courage are because of my anxieties, not in spite of them.

If you are struggling to find reasons as to why you are feeling anxious, I encourage you to give this a try. It’s not a cure, but understanding why you feel a certain way and what causes those feelings can only be of service to you. Writing down your thoughts and feelings is one thing. But taking the time to sit down and face them is another.


  1. Koel on at 12:28 PM

    Awesome write up! I relate to many of the points on your anxiety list ? I had given up writing by after reading your simplistic approach on all articles whether travel or others.. I will enthusiastic again. Thanks a bunch ?

    • Maria Meier on at 12:44 PM

      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this article! And I definitely encourage you to take up writing again, for me, it is so cathartic and something I have found such joy in!