Today I went to get my hair cut and as usual my stylist was very kind and understanding of my anxiety. She was unbelievably patient and all she asked was that I be comfortable. It may seem, at times, like you don’t have many people who are supportive in your struggle with anxiety. However, there are people that understand your plight or will at least be there for you when you need them.
I’d like to thank everyone that is there for me and I ask that anyone who reads this blog does the same. As you know, anxiety is not easy to deal with and having people there for you who truly care and try their hardest to make things easier for you really does help. So, please take some time to thank those in your life who help you with your struggles. I hope that anyone who is related to me or a friend of mine who is reading this knows how much I appreciate you! I am sure I have told you before, but I will make sure to let you know again. You really do mean a lot to me; more than words can describe!
Do you ever wake up really wanting to push through your anxiety and get through something only to find that you don’t seem like you can? As much as you want to be able to do that certain thing, you just feel you can’t. So you decide not to. However, you still have other things to do so you try to at least get through that. For some reason though, anxiety gets in your way again. You might even say to yourself, “This is the simplest thing in the world, why can’t I do it?” It’s not so much that you can’t but rather your fear is making you feel that way. So what do you do if you feel so overcome with anxiety? You can take a break; it’s alright. Don’t feel bad. Anxiety can be a powerful force. Just continue to try your hardest.
Sometimes we stumble. Sometimes we think we’re getting better and then we find ourselves in a position where we find that once again, fear is taking over; it seems to render us powerless. We gain all of this strength, all of this self-confidence, and then when we get stuck; we wonder if all is lost. All is NOT lost. Nobody is perfect and unfortunately, just because we begin to get better or make progress does not make us invincible. However, even if we feel ourselves begin to fall behind, it does not mean that we are starting over. We HAVE made progress and if we continue to practice, we will continue to make progress.
I am not saying that it will not be hard when we see ourselves struggle when we were beginning to feel like we were reaching our goal. In fact, feeling slightly upset about not being able to do something is a good sign in a way; it shows that we were happy to see ourselves getting better and it shows us just how much we want to succeed. We should not get so depressed, however, that we begin to give up. We need to continue to practice and to tell ourselves that we will be okay.
When going through anxiety, every single step you make towards overcoming your fears count. Whether it be practicing, writing about how you feel, discussing your feelings to someone you trust, or accomplishing something you weren’t sure you could, every bit is helpful. So be proud of what you accomplished.
There are some people that might not understand the importance of your progress. You may share with them the great news and they may find it trivial or say they expected more from you. Do not let this discourage you from telling those you love about your progress, but rather instead of depending on them for praise, be happy for yourself.
I am not an expert, but rather a fellow sufferer. I struggle with anxiety and I know how difficult it is. However, with practice and achieving progress step by step, you CAN get better.
Sometimes even though we really want to do something, our anxiety gets in the way. We begin to obsess on all the negatives and the more we obsess, the more anxiety takes its toll. However giving up is NEVER the answer. I am not saying that it is easy to say, “Well I feel terrified, but I’ll do it anyway”, because that’s not necessarily helpful or easy to do. What is a necessity however is to practice.
It may seem silly at first; practicing something that was once so easy for you or is easy for others. However, we must look beyond what is on the surface. practicing is NOT silly and either is suffering. Practicing gives us confidence; it helps to build us up to the point where we can say that we trust in ourselves and that we will be okay. So next time you feel you’ve failed because anxiety stopped you from doing something, remember that true failure would be to stop trying and to stop practicing. You can get through your anxiety as long as you continue to practice.
If you struggle with anxiety, you’ve most likely heard people say how they don’t understand how doing simple things may bring you anxiety. This can be frustrating because, at times, the people that you need most- seem to grow angry or frustrated with the fact that you can’t seem to do the simple things in life. However, some of these people DO care about you and even if they can’t fully grasp what you are going through, they will try their hardest to support you in your time of difficulty.
So how do you get through anxiety, especially when it seems to be consuming so much of your time? I have come to learn that if you take small steps and stay consistent, progress WILL happen.
In creating this blog, I hope to be able to help those out there that suffer from anxiety.