When you are feeling anxiety, know that you are, in that moment, operating from some snag in your psyche that isn't true. You've turned against yourself and it feels very unstable and you want to escape but you can't escape because the anxiety is being produced inside you.
We've all ingested beliefs that are contrary to our true nature and at times these beliefs kick up as defense when something is ruffling us. Maybe someone is doing something or saying something that your belief says shouldn't be happening. Maybe you're having to do something your belief says you can't do or aren't supposed to do. Maybe you're just sitting around and suddenly your mind wanders over to a scenario from the past or imagined future that engages a belief in you that gets you trapped in a spin. It happens to all of us.
The best way to approach this is to become aware that you're feeling the way you are and allow some space to open up inside you. It may help to have a meditation practice as an awareness tool but the act of noticing your inner mood and creating space to keep noticing is meditation in itself, so don't worry about it.
Learn to create your own safe space inside yourself and become a good listener. The anxious feeling may subside on its own or you may need to do a little friendly investigating. Ask your body what this is. What am I believing right now? You're not asking your thoughts, you're asking your body to tell your conscious mind what your subconscious is believing. Give yourself space and don't think it. The answer will come clear when you are in the right listening space with yourself. Consciousness opening up to subconsciousness. When you hear the clear answer, that may be all it takes to free you. If you need another step, ask yourself if you agree with that belief. Again, just feel and listen.
Answers that are true are relaxing and freeing. Truth does not produce anxiety, it allows up to live in reality and to act appropriately and responsively to the need in the moment. Aligning to truth frees us to function well and create a better situation.
Depression is the other side of the same condition. Believing stuff that's not true about yourself is very depressing. Don't buy it. Keep moving into clarity. There is nothing inherently wrong with you.
Yes, our world functions in big ways on control & fear tactics. Most advertisements are telling you what you are missing and what you need to buy to be complete. The economy is based on dividing up the earth and creatures into commodity to sell and burn - an unsustainable model. Health care tends to tell us what's wrong with us instead of promoting our amazing living health. We are taught spiritual insecurity by childish religions that say we are bad bad bad and doomed to hell unless we drink the cool-aide savior, and they all sell different opposing saviors.
But, you know, it's our own inner subconscious landscape that's really what we fear and it's the societies of humans limiting our natural capacity to be awesome that create these messed up systems. We can get free in ourselves and we can correct what needs correcting and change what needs changing in the world. Next time you feel anxiety coming on, take a friendly pause to listen to what you're telling yourself in there.