Darkness, despair, lost, hopeless.
Can I ever please anyone? Am I worthy of love? I try so hard to be perfect. I will never be good enough.
Have you ever had these thoughts? I have and more.
Looking at me from the outside you would have never guessed it. I remember sitting at a stop light watching people walk in front of my car and wonder, “do they ever get panic attacks?” “Do they know what it is like?” Because you can never tell what someone is going through in their own mind. I looked totally normal but never felt it. I felt alone most of the time, I had one long time friend that I wouldn’t call, my husband and kids; other than that I closed out the world.
Anxiety was the reason. I allowed it to take over who I was and what I was willing to do. It was the boss, I wasn’t. There was nothing I could do about it. That was a lie. Anxiety is completely within our own control. Once you know what is causing it and solutions to it, anxiety can become something in the back of your mind instead of the front.
What causes anxiety? Our thoughts. I worried about everything. How other people viewed me. How they view my children. Hurting my children’s feelings. What could happen to my children. Working and sending my kids to daycare. Not working and staying home with them. There was never a moment of peace in my mind. That is what anxiety is; needless worrying.
How do you manage it? Manage your thoughts. If you don’t know what you are thinking it will be hard to manage anything. So the first step is to look at what you are thinking. Once you know the thoughts then place a value on the thought. Use a scale from 1-10 how likely is it to happen. Use 1 as not very likely and 10 very likely. If it is less than an 8 let it go. If it is a 9 or 10 figure out a solution to it. What are you making it mean if it does happen? Is it life threatening? Most likely it isn’t. Once you have given the thought perspective the anxiety will lessen or go away, until next time.
Remember this is about managing anxiety. I am not a therapist or a doctor. I am not promising anxiety will go away. But I am a survivor and I have a completely different life today than I did even 3 years ago.
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