It Really Does Work!

One thing I have learned, I mean really learned, is not to sell practicing and exercising short. While I know I have said this before, recently I have been increasing the amount and intensity of practicing facing my fears and exercising and let me tell you, I notice a difference. I have been recording the exercises and stretches that I have been doing to get through my anxiety and build self-confidence and I know that it is what is helping.

Sometimes we need to prove to ourselves that we can get through our anxiety and that we do have the strength. Practicing and exercising consistently lets us realize that we do have the ability to get through our struggles. However, we cannot grow lazy and we cannot just practice once a day and then give up. We have to keep practicing, keep working hard. I’ve been asked if working hard and consistently is worth it and I know that it is. Never stop trying!

I’ve felt wonderful the last few days and this morning, I accomplished something that made me feel great. I really believe I owe it to practicing and consistently working hard to get through my anxiety. You have the ability to get through your anxiety, you just have to keep practicing, exercising, and thinking positive!

The Advantages of Setting (And Sticking To) Goals

There are many advantages to setting goals. While goals are often easier to set than to follow, when they are followed, they can be extremely beneficial. Below is a list of some of the advantages of setting and sticking to one’s goals. If anyone would like to add some more advantages, it would be greatly appreciated:

1.) Knowing that you have goals gives you something specific to work towards. It’s one thing to say, “I’m working towards getting through my anxiety” and it’s another thing to say, “I have these steps that I’m going to follow in order to work through my anxiety”. Having specific goals that you can work on helps you see that you can in fact get through your anxiety. Specific goals also gives you a good guideline on how to get through your anxiety.

2.) Accomplishing your goals helps you feel good about yourself and helps you to see that you are making progress.

3.) Setting goals gives you something to look forward to. When you wake up in the morning, you feel motivated to work hard. Working hard is important when you want to free yourself from something that is taking control of your life.

4.) Working hard to reach our goals teaches us responsibility, something we all need in the real world.

“Everything Else Is Secondary”

Today was slightly upsetting for me, but I did learn something essential. Anxiety, as I’ve known for a long time now, has the tendency to take away from one’s life at times. Also, while many of us know the importance of practicing and exercising in order to get through anxiety, we tend to come up with excuses or reasons not to practice. Whether or not these reasons are valid is not always important. What is important is the fact that if you want to return to a life that is not controlled by anxiety, practicing and exercising, along with taking steps to overcome and get through your anxiety, should be your top priority. As someone said to me today, “Everything else is secondary”. So try your hardest to practice and exercise consistently and you will see progress.

Tips On Getting Through Anxiety

I know that I often give tips on how to get through anxiety, but I thought I would add some to my usual ones. If anyone would like to contribute some others, I would greatly appreciate it.

1.) Practice Consistently- This isn’t always easy, but it’s important. If you constantly practice facing your anxiety (in small steps), you will be able to prove that you can trust yourself and that your anxiety doesn’t have to control you.

2.) Try To Do Something Every Day That’s Out Of Your Comfort Zone- Even if it’s something small, doing something each day that’s out of your comfort zone can help you show yourself that you are okay and that you can succeed. You also exercise your mind.

3.) Exercise Consistently- Exercising both physically and mentally helps you gain strength. Exercising works like facing your fears does; it makes you stronger so that you can overcome any obstacles that come your way. You don’t have to do complex exercises to be successful, just some stretches each day can help. For some exercise tips, visit, (Please always stay safe when exercising).

4.) Come Up With A Mantra- Come up with a saying that will help you when you get anxious. For a while, I couldn’t think of one I liked. However, after watching The Stand by Steven King, I liked the quote that talks about whether or not you believe in God, He believes in you. Even for those of who you aren’t religious, the quote can be very helpful. However, it is important that you find a quote that is positive, uplifting, and that will help you.

5.) Share Your Feelings With Those You Can Trust- Talking to people you trust about your anxiety can remind you that others are there for you. Also, remember that you are not alone in your struggles.

**Once again, I invite you all who have ideas or suggestions on getting through anxiety, to offer your advice. Thank you.

Making A Schedule

Oftentimes, we tend to know that we have to practice and exercise in order to overcome our anxiety, but we still manage to find a way not to. Whether we purposely make excuses for ourselves not to practice or we simply forget to, it’s important that we avoid this trap. Instead, I recently learned that the best way to make sure that we are accountable for our own progress is to make a schedule.

For example, if you want to take certain steps in overcoming your anxiety or exercise a certain amount of times during the day, you should write down the specific times you want to do so and try your hardest to stick to these times. At the very least, you should make sure you practice or exercise a certain amount of time each day. This will help to both motivate you and remind you that you need to practice in order to get better. I wish you all the best of luck!

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