I have realized that I am highly susceptible to stress. I have an anxiety issue that I keep in check with a combination of medication and natural means. Occasionally, however, the stress level peaks and knocks me off my equilibrium. This causes the typical symptoms of anxiety like the adrenaline rush, stomach upset, dry mouth and jitters. Some episodes are worse than others.
Then the lights come on and the basement is actually quite cozy and the noises are just the hot water heater.
Anxiety is the enemy of a positive outlook. It will creep into every area of your life and poison it. Anxiety is the zombified mutant spider people that lurk in your brain waiting for the opportunity to strike.
In Steering by Starlight: The Science and Magic of Finding Your Destiny, author Martha Beck explains that we each have an inner lizard, stemming from the reptilian brain, which inundates us with frightening messages of "lack and attack" which is the primal way we keep ourselves fed and safe from saber tooth tigers. Unfortunately for most of us, lack has become, "I don't have enough money!" And by attack you might think people have it in for you or are going to hurt you in some way . Attack fears might make you defensive -- or offensive -- at times, or it might give you anxiety ranging from mild to curling up in a ball and sucking your thumb.
My lizard is Louise. She is technically a chameleon, not a lizard, since she is afraid of being a target. She tries to hide, she curls up tight and hunches over almost fetal. She has a medical condition so I need to be very careful what I feed her. Her favorite thing to eat is fear. She will eat it until she is full and fat and completely terrified.