Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back – 1

Heart rate raised, muscles tightening, head aches increase, can’t sleep… Anxiety, it comes with many symptoms like these, and more. It affects the way you think, it affects the way you approach the world.

Everything’s a threat; everyone’s out to get you. The burden is too great; it will certainly crush you. You can’t cope, you can’t work your way out. It’s overwhelming, it takes over your life.

Totally irrational, but also real? Flight or fight? But where’s the tiger, the lion, the wolf? Feeling stuck, or numb, or paralyzed? Being cornered, turning aggressive?

Anxiety.

It can be different to anyone, but its ultimate effect is the same: it prevents you from living to the full. It robs you of your joy in what you do. It takes away the security you have in your relationships.

It is a prison.

Anxiety is a prison. Photo by Travis Saylor on Pexels.com

How then do we break free? How do we fight our way back into life?

If anxiety is a prison, a robber, how can we deal with it? How can we live free from our fears?

Face it. Know your enemy. Acknowledge its presence in your life. Acknowledge its effects.

Too often we reason our way out, telling ourselves stories to soothe ourselves, convincing ourselves that it’s them, not us. We blame the world. We blame our friends, our family. We blame our work.

But anxiety is still with us, inside us, keeping us captive.

Battling Anxiety – Face it. Once you know that it’s there, you are one step closer to living free.

Take back control. Face it. Look it in the eyes.

Once you know that it’s there, you are one step closer to living free. You’re one step closer to getting the help you need.

Believe me, I know.


Read the next step in the series Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back?


See also

Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back – 2

2 thoughts on “Battling Anxiety: How to Fight Back – 1

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