I posted the following after seeing a great post from Gerrerd about watering the flowers instead of the weeds.
So true and the correlations between the weeds and anxiety is clear to me. If you stop feeding your anxiety, it will eventually die. This means :-
1. Going towards your fears, whatever they may be, NOT feeding your fears by avoiding them, trying to control them or deliberately distracting yourself from them.
2. Fully allowing anxious / fearful thoughts to come and go, giving them the head space they demand and observing them (like you would observe two people quarrelling) NOT feeding them by getting involved with the quarrel or doing anything to try and rid yourself of the thoughts.
Anxiety is just negative, nervous energy trapped within the mind and body (caused by tired, sensitised nerves) which manifests itself into physical sensations and thoughts which people find very scary. To be free from anxiety and all other symptoms (such as depression), this energy WANTS to be released from YOU but if you are not prepared to feel it and allow yourselves to be scared (acceptance) instead of choosing to avoid, fight, quarrel etc etc, you are topping up the negative energy which you are trying so desparately to get rid of! Learn to let it go without any resistance. It will feel uncomfortable for a while but it will eventually drain away, so long as you let it flow.
So, doing nothing about anxiety actually makes it go because you have stopped feeding it, breaking the vicious circle you have unwittingly created in your own mind. Over time, those weeds will die off and be replaced by green shoots which will blossom. Then it’s the lazy, hazy days of summer my friends. 🌸🌼🌸🌼