To recover from anxiety, I ditched all techniques designed to stop me from panicking, feeling anxious or having horrible thoughts ( or any other symptom) as this only provided temporary relief at the very best. Full recovery followed when i learned to allow myself to think and feel everything that my anxiety would throw at me and do absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t try to question the thoughts or feelings, I didn’t try to force them away, I didn’t try to avoid them, I didn’t try to deliberately distract myself from feeling any of it. I just let it all happen without putting up any form of resistance whatsoever. I let those thoughts scare me to death, I let my body vibrate with severe stress, I let my muscles ache and did nothing to try and change any of it. Was it uncomfortable? Hell yes! Did it feel scary? Hell yes! Could it harm me? Absolutely not. Did it make me feel better? No, not straight way because I knew it would take time for my agitated nerves to calm down after years of stressing about being stressed. My nerves had been battered by constantly worrying and became sensitive which leaves you susceptible to developing anxiety if you fear the myriad of symptoms produced by your sensitised nerves.
Anxiety is the by product of stressed nerves and produces excessive adrenalin that needs to be released and the only way to do that is to feel it all willingly and opening up the floodgates. Some may find this a little strange but all those symptoms you are fighting is your mind and body finding its way back to normal default settings so why get in the way of this process?
Acceptance is the only way to recover. By repeatedly passing through the anxiety storm with as much acceptance as you can manage. Resign yourself to being blown and tossed around by the storm, knowing that the storm will pass and can’t harm you. You may have to travel through the storm many times but the more you pass through without trying to paddle against the currents, the less intense the storm becomes until you reach the point where it simply doesn’t matter to you if there is a storm blowing or not. When you are past caring about it, you will have reached calm waters and be free of anxiety. Having learned how to successfully navigate that storm by passing through it and just letting it blow itself out, the experience gained will ensure that you won’t get caught up in that storm again.