Anxiety can be crippling but for most of us we live with it. Not every day is an exercise of exhaustion, meaning many days we are functional, highly functional actually. Then we have days where we don’t want to get out of bed. That is the life of the normal person with anxiety. So maybe you read a blog on anxiety for help. Maybe you take some meds, maybe your anxiety is more acute. Where ever you are in your anxiety journey there are tens of thousands of resources that try to help (like this blog)
Found an article here that talks a lot about anxiety and how to harness it for a positive outcome. The article itself is decent but the bottom line is, it’s another well intended article that wants you to change how you think. You know the drill, harness your anxiety and change your thought process… I mean if it were that easy anxiety wouldn’t be an increasing pandemic in the mental health world. Of course you strive to change how you feel but it’s probably the hardest part of the journey.
From the article: “Of course, some anxiety truly seems to come without a productive reason and is best handled by simply redirecting your thoughts or through medication or other support from a trained professional—certainly don’t hesitate to seek help if you feel stuck.”
Now to be fair the article does give move then this but this is part of the article summary. Redirecting your thoughts is one of those catch phrases you hear in the anxiety world, often from people who don’t have anxiety. Is that what they told everyone in 2020 when people were freaking out about Coivd?
The most important thing you can do as someone who suffers from anxiety is to create a mental (or physical) list of when and where your anxiety is triggered. This article tells you that as well but I’m not going to tell you to “redirect your thoughts” but rather look back at the list as often as reasonable and look for patterns.
If you get swells of anxiety every time you go to Starbucks, maybe it’s time to stop going to Starbucks? You have to be honest with yourself, and you have to give yourself enough grace to realize your triggers are okay. It’s okay to have anxiety and not feel okay. Well intended people and articles are trying the help, but the best help you can get is understanding when and why your triggers happen.
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