One of the biggest mistakes people make is to try and get rid of anxiety. They think they have to protect themselves from feeling it, so they hide away, avoid social interaction, run away from thoughts and feelings and push them away.
However, to not feel anxiety is not the way to recovery, it is to no longer care if you do or don't have anxiety.
People keep searching for the answer to make it all go away. They see counsellers, develop safety behaviours (OCD) or have a number of positive messages they keep repeating to themselves. Their aim is to either get rid of it or not feel it.
Both approaches are wrong. You must actively go towards it, de-sensitise to it and develop new beliefs and habits. Don’t try and protect yourself by avoidance, don't be impressed by the thoughts and feelings. Instead of trying not to feel it or shrink away from it, ask for more (it cannot get any worse) and you will discover anxiety for what it really is. One great big bluff.
Change your attitude from caring about it to not caring; welcome it instead of trying to push it away and feel it willingly instead of trying to not feel it.
Sufferers stay in the anxiety cycle trying not to feel it, trying to get rid of it and get nowhere. I went to counselling, tried hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness and threw myself into a strenuous keep fit regime. It wasn't until I came across a website called Anxiety No More that it dawned on me that all of the above were my attempts at trying to get rid of anxiety or not feel it and the opposite to what I should have been doing. I had to let it all be there and hang out with the anxiety. Let it be there without putting up any resistance.
Once you learn to accept, all the symptoms will still hang around for a while but will no longer bother you to the same extent. With more acceptance, all the symptoms will gradually disappear. You just have to step aside and let nature heal your mind and body.