Come over to the right side – your path to recovery.
- Don’t trade short-term relief for a long-term anxiety disorder. Instead, say
“yes” to more things and remain in more anxious situations, without resorting to escape or avoidance.
Choose the right kind of hard.
- Choose “meaningful hard” rather than “meaningless hard.” Pain may be inevitable, but you can choose to make it productive and for something worthwhile. This time around, trade short-term anxiety for long-term recovery. Be willing to do something hard if it is in service of your wellbeing. And know that the suffering is temporary; things will get much easier the more you habituate.
Use better coping skills.
- Abdominal Breathing.
- Mindfulness (using your senses to focus on your present surroundings).
- Willingness (allowing the anxiety to be there so you can let go of the struggle).
- Coping statements (“I am willing to be anxious” or, “I can tolerate uncertainty”).
Experience the change.
- Stay in the situation until habituation occurs. Over time, you will be much more comfortable. You will also have a new belief system – that symptoms remit on their own without avoidance, escape, or safety behaviors. This new “learning” is necessary for changing your outlook, improving your mood, and getting the life you want.
- Be grateful to yourself for choosing this path, be compassionate to yourself for this difficult journey, and be proud of your commitment to healing yourself.