So, I've realized that anxiety reactions tend to go one of two ways - Anxiety-Go! or Anxiety-No!
Let me clarify.
Recently I encountered someone who was so anxious about work that was due that he just didn't do it and procrastinated until he was in complete panic mode. I would call this, Anxiety-No! You just say no and ignore the problem to avoid the anxiety.
This is something I've always had trouble understanding because I am a fixer. When something is wrong or causing me anxiety, I generally want to do whatever I can to make the problem go away. Anxiety-Go!
The issue lately is that I've been facing anxiety-provoking situations that are completely out of my control. I can't take the reigns. It's frustrating and just raises the anxiety to new levels.
My therapist says that I need to take the "positive" steps that are within my control or the anxiety will just keep building. She clearly is more supportive of the Anxiety-Go style.
I understand where she's coming from, but sometimes you really do just have to wait and see. They say patience is a virtue... it's also a bitch. That being said, if you aren't being avoidant, learning to wait can be a triumph within itself.