It can be difficult to live with, but you can learn to gradually improve and reduce your anxiety symptoms over time.
Some days are just awful, some are great and others you just don’t know how you feel.
Today, for the most part I forgot I even have anxiety. It’s the first time in a long time where I had a feeling of being consistently calm.
Here is where anxiety comes into play for me.
It tells me “you can’t be calm, you have anxiety!”, and then I’m back to feeling anxious.
But on the positive side, I did go through a lot of the day without any anxious feelings and in my book, I call that a win.
I will say however that each day is getting easier for me to navigate.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR TRIGGERS
Slowly, I’m starting to understand my own personal triggers and ways to calm myself when I feel like I might lose control. This helps me to reduce my anxiety symptoms.
There goes my anxiety again, dictating my feelings through my thoughts.
This is why anxiety can be extremely confusing as I’m sure a lot of you will agree with.
For example, sometimes I’m unsure whether it’s nerves I’m feeling or if it is my anxiety playing up. I imagine at times it is a mixture of both.
YOU CAN’T IMPROVE ANXIETY SYMPTOMS OVERNIGHT
Why am I telling you this? I want you to know that some days are going to be good, and others not so much.
Today I was fortunate enough to have a good day, but I need to learn to stop comparing my days. It really doesn’t do much good to keep focusing on the bad days.
Living in the moment is what is really going to get you through. It’s easier said than done, especially when anxious thoughts creep into your mind telling you otherwise.
Being present can be difficult when you’re experiencing anxiety because your natural instinct is to remove yourself from the perceived danger.
Of course I know now, that this danger is misinterpreted by my brain, thus giving me my anxiety to begin with.
This is why I need to take medication to help reduce my anxiety, because I am unable to control the way that my body reacts to anxiety.
IF I CAN IMPROVE, SO CAN YOU!
I’m happy to say that I’m gradually improving each day, and I’m looking to finally be getting onto the right track.
I’m positive that for anyone out there in the big wide world of the internet that some how stumbled upon this post finds themselves in the position I currently find myself in, you’ll be okay.
If you don’t believe you can do it, just know that I believe you can. You have the power to do something about it, even if you feel like you don’t. You just need to keep reminding yourself that you will be able to improve your anxiety symptoms over time.
As always, I hope you’re all doing well, staying healthy and most importantly, keeping safe.
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