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By Brianna Wiest
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You’re too worried about “success,” or what you think “success” should look like. Aries tend to be very forward-thinking, success-driven individuals. They want to have their lives together, or at least seem like they do. Often, the prospect of feeling as though they aren’t going to succeed gives them a lot of anxiety, but the real problem is that they’re too focused on achieving something, and not focused enough on how to still enjoy day-to-day life. It’s great to be driven and ambitious, but that needs to be balanced with a sense of peacefulness and appreciation. Work on cultivating that, instead.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You’re too worried about what other people think of you. Tauruses are known for being aesthetically-minded, rigid and routine-driven people. They like to be in control, and they like things to look a certain way. That combination of traits usually sprouts from a desire to seem “perfect” to other people. This is in contrast to not feeling as though they are good enough for themselves. Tauruses need to learn to worry less about what they assume others are thinking of them, and focus more on how things really feel, not just how they look.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You’re not getting enough attention. “Getting attention” is a phrase that tends to come with a negative connotation, but it really isn’t a bad thing. Geminis are known for being very talkative, outgoing and friendly… a lot more so than any of the other signs. This means that Geminis also need more connection and community than the other signs. When Geminis don’t receive that feeling of love and support, they will go seek it in other ways that aren’t always suited to them (like pursuing a profession they aren’t meant for, most commonly). If you’re a Gemini, you need genuine connections to soothe your anxiety, with people who are willing to be as equally committed as you are.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You’re trusting your emotions too much. This seems like counterintuitive advice, because so many people preach that you should listen to your feelings no matter what. This is definitely true. But there’s a shadow side to not taking them with a grain of salt, especially when you’re a highly emotional being, such as Cancers. Cancers tend to have the most anxiety when they confuse their feelings for facts. This creates a lot of confusion, doomsday scenarios, fear, mistrust, and pain. It’s better to think about your life problems when you’re calm and rational, or sort them out with someone who can be a trusting and objective ear.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
You’re too wrapped up in your ego. Leos are notoriously egotistic individuals. It’s not that they are selfish (usually quite the opposite) but that they have a lot of pride, and are very protective of the people they love most. This can become a problem when a Leo won’t sacrifice their ego for something more important. Often, their anxiety comes from not wanting to do what they know they should because of how they think it will look.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
You’re either not helping others enough, or not helping yourself enough. Virgos are both private individuals, but they are also caretakers. This paradox can lead to a lot of stress in a Virgo’s life. Nothing makes them feel happier than doing something for the benefit of others: they love creating communities, helping their families, or even doing literal care-taking work, like being nurses or doctors. When Virgos are anxious, it’s usually because they are too focused on fixing their own problems, or they’re too focused on trying to fix other people’s. There needs to be a balance between helping others and helping oneself.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You’re way too hard on yourself. Libras are romantic, driven, lovable and balanced… but more than all of this, they are idyllic. They love perfection, and work tirelessly to achieve it. When it comes to themselves, they can be brutally harsh, and so even when nothing is really wrong, they can put themselves in a lot of pain trying to “fix” it. Strangely, Libras often thrive when there are actual problems to be resolved (they can identify actions and then take them) but struggle when they are just caught up in not being able to enjoy each day.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You’re ignoring your true feelings. While Cancers are known for being the most emotional sign of the zodiac, the reality is that Scorpios are right up there with them – it’s just much more hidden. So when a Scorpio is struggling with anxiety it’s usually because they aren’t being honest about their emotions – even just to themselves. Are you still hung up on the relationship you swore you were over? Are you making problems in your life to avoid the real ones in your heart? It’s important that you at least admit some of these things to yourself, because it will help you take better action.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You’re not exploring enough. Sagittarians are adventurers at heart. They love to travel, see and learn new things, and aren’t usually too home-bodied. This can be a problem when “real life” gets in the way: there aren’t too many people who can realistically afford (or even want) to live a nomadic lifestyle. What this means is that Sagittariuses who are struggling with anxiety need to be sure they’re getting out there and taking enough time for what they love.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
You’re trying to be something you’re not. Capricorns are very loyal, driven, determined people. They are the most fierce protectors of their family and friends, and when they identify a career objective they want, they go after it. However, Capricorns are often easily disillusioned about what they should or shouldn’t be doing. If a relationship consistently isn’t working, or a career path is routinely not panning out the way you thought, it’s time to remove yourself from your ideas about what this thing should be, and accept reality.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
You’re not changing the world, or at least trying to. Aquarians are not only the dreamers and humanitarians of the zodiac, they are the greatest leaders. They make up a large portion of CEOs, entrepreneurs and the like. Their main objective in life is to change the world in whatever way they’re able. If their energies aren’t going toward some large, ambitious goals like this, they’re basically being wasted.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You’re disconnected from reality. Pisces are creative, emotional thinkers. They are big dreamers, and are very intuitive. They have beautiful ideas about the way that things should be, but that’s not always how they are in reality. Pisces get the most anxiety from not being able to merge their ideas with how things really are. They need to be able to acclimate to this reality as much as they dream of a new one. It’s essential to being able to thrive in the way they want to.