I can't stress this enough. If you are experiencing some awful anxiety times- SELF PITY and JUDGEMENT makes it worse! This was the hardest thing for me to understand as well. I felt so awful and would dwell on how awful I felt so in return I would feel even MORE awful. It's a cycle guys. You gotta let it go... let the doubt go. Let the fight go. It's OKAY if you let it be. Your anxiety runs off of your previous experiences.. so think of your next "episode" as an OPPORTUNITY! An opportunity to change the way you react! An opportunity to change your relationship with anxiety! An opportunity to get your life back. You can do it guys. Recovery is a marathon not a sprint & setbacks are inevitable...they are GOING to happen but you MUST not get discouraged. It's all part of recovery. It's all about learning. It's all about how you react.
*Something triggers your anxiety*
You: oh my gosh. It's happening..... why is this happening? I'm so scared. I just want to be normal.
*heart beats fast. Random numbness. Stomach feels sick*
You: this is AWFUL I'm never going to get better. Oh my gosh. What is wrong with me
*heart beats faster. Stomach feels even more sick, start feeling spacey*
GUYS DO YOU SEE????? It's all about how we react!
*something triggers anxiety*
You: okay... I feel anxiety coming. But it's okay. It will pass. This is just a step to recovery.
*stomach feels slightly sick, heart beats slightly fast*
You: it's okay. It'll get better with time. I'm not going to react no matter how anxious I feel. It'll pass.
*symptoms fade away*
This is an example of a great start!
UNDER-reacting is key.
Good luck guys! You got this!!!