Anxiety can be overwhelming if you ignore it.
You shouldn’t be afraid of anxiety, you should befriend and embrace it.
It sounds counterproductive, but hear me out.
If we are frightened of something, it tends to make us feel overwhelmed. That’s only natural.
However if we can learn to accept the anxiety for what it is, eventually the feelings will lessen over time.
Now it’s an extremely difficult thing to do, believe me I understand.
How do you even begin to befriend something that torments you so much?
ACCEPT YOUR FEELINGS
It starts with acceptance.
Accept the feelings as they are, without judgement.
You have little control over them, and that is okay. They are just feelings and like all feelings, they will eventually pass.
For example, I had a bad bout of anxiety recently because of an increase in my medication.
I was doing something completely mundane, I was cutting a tomato.
Then I got that terrible feeling and thoughts that something was terribly wrong.
Anxiety can be so overwhelming for me that my hands and body begin to quiver, I start to get nauseous and dizzy.
The first thought I had was that my new medication was acting up and I began to think of the worst case scenario.
But I did something I haven’t done in a while. I quite literally took a step back and thought to myself this feeling will pass.
It did take some time for it to pass, and I had to utilise some breathing techniques in order to bring myself down. But it did eventually work.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
You need to to trust and believe in yourself. Everyone has it in them to be strong and to overcome it.
I know, it sounds corny, but it’s true. When I started to look at things in different ways, I found my body would react differently also.
This took a couple of months of practice, and it is in no way a magical overnight fix.
Anxiety can be overwhelming for a number of reasons.
I am still trying to figure out what all my triggers are.
The only quick temporary fixes are medication, but a lot is typically used in the short term. That is unless of course you are prescribed something longer term like me.
I’m not too sure why I was so afraid to start long term medication. I think I may have had a mild fear of medications that prevented me from taking them.
I was constantly asking for reassurance from everyone, and on the phone to my Doctor nearly every other day.
I’m doing so much better now I have not only started medication, but accepted the anxious feelings.
The idea behind it is that if you’re not scared of it, it has little or less control over you.
TRY IT FOR YOURSELF
By ignoring your anxious thoughts, anxiety can become overwhelming.
The next time an anxious thought pops into your head, try and take a step back, observe them and let them go.
It’s just your anxiety talking.
You got this!
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