Acceptance of anxiety is hard, isn't it?

I've never blogged here before but I thought that sharing my experiences here might be helpful, both to other sufferers and to me.

My doc diagnosed me with Generalised Anxiety Disorder back in March this year. I'm not having any medication for it but I have been have some counselling sessions (about 9 so far).

I've been doing quite a bit of reading up about it and the message that comes through again and again is this whole idea of accepting your anxiety, of not fighting it - acknowledging it but gently moving through it to get on with your day to day life.

It seems so hard because with other illnesses we're always encouraged to "fight it", get on with it, to push ourselves to overcome the infliction. It seems this approach is the wrong one to deal with anxiety problems.

I'm still learning. :-)

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  • Hi just wanted to say welcome, and I agree with you....

    Sue x

  • Hi and welcome and well done for writing your first blogg..and yes you are so right. :-) x

  • Hi - yes, it's very hard. It's counterintuitive because we are programmed to fight. However to fight it your body produces more adrenalin which is causing the physical symptoms you're trying to get rid of in the first place. Catch 22. Self perpetuating panic attack.

    So we have accept it's there, let it happen, just try to relax and float with the waves. I find regulating my breathing there helps. And then LET TIME PASS. Live with it for a while and the thoughts and feelings will dissipate. I'm stuck at that point today. I just want to climb out of my skin, run away from my mind. Yes, it's very hard.xxx

  • My main symptoms are a feeling of edginess and slight shakiness, a feeling of being tense particularly in the thigh muscles. It's always worse through the morning, getting easier as the day progresses. I try and do a regular period of progressive relaxation each day while listening to a 'guide' MP3 recording. And, yes, I try to remember to do the slower, deep breathing too.

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