Hungry bears go away eventually, but the things that make us stressed out nowadays can be complex and long-lasting. This can make anxiety more complicated!
When our emotional brain is overactive, it demands all of our attention. One way it does this is by making us worry.
You might find you start imagining everything that can go wrong, or imagining that everyone hates you. A lot of our worries are about the past or the future, rather than the present.
Anxiety is very energy intensive. It’s like running on ‘high alert’ all the time. Some people might find they have periods where they feel ok or even depressed.
If you are anxious or stressed for a long time, the increased levels of anxiety might become your new ‘normal’ or ‘default’ setting, which can make it even harder to feel calm.