Why do we opt for anxiety and stress when things don't go our way? When failure is nearby, waiting for its moment?
These feelings emerge because we attach the sense of self to our accomplishments. When setbacks and struggles come in, the sense of self one has cultivated over the years becomes fragile.
The truth is, the tools of anxiety and stress that we choose to adopt in these situations obfuscate who we truly are.
So, what now? First, calm down. Then, give yourself permission to be who you truly are.