Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the US Bank Stadium to see the Minnesota Vikings take on the New York Jets. I haven’t been to a Vikings game since the old Met Stadium, and I think I am still thawing out from that experience. If you watched the game, you know the last half was anxiety-producing. I was literally on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and hoping that the outcome would not be a disappointment. I remember that feeling of anxiety and thinking, why am I reacting this way to a football game (and a die-hard fan, I am not.) This experience taught me compassion for those that deal with anxiety frequently. Anxiety is a physical response to stress and can cause faster breathing, lightheadedness, and a thumping in your chest, to name a few. If anxiety is a frequent feeling that you experience, it is best to consult with a medical or mental health provider. Thankfully, my anxiety was short-lived, with the MN Vikings pulling off a close win. Skol!
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA