The Interesting Thing About Anxiety

…is that it can only thrive for as long as you let it. As soon as you confront your fears and do the thing that terrifies you, everything else very quickly becomes much easier. Trust me, if you put yourself in the situation that makes you anxious, you can’t be anxious indefinitely. Your body simply can’t continue to freak out for as long as you stay in that situation. No, in reality, you have to put yourself out there eventually and just do it. Realize that even though it feels like you’re jumping out of a plane without a parachute, as soon as you do it you’ll realize that this isn’t so bad after all. You’ll start to appreciate the view, and maybe even find it funny that this ever terrified you in the first place.

Just remember, nothing exists but the present moment you’re in. Right now if you really think about it and look around, you’ll realize that there are no problems. There is nothing to panic about in the present moment. Anxiety lives in anticipation about the future, or regret about the past. When you stop running from your past or worrying about the future, you’ll see that life really isn’t as difficult as you thought. Right now I would wager to say that things are generally okay. Not perfect, and they never will be. So stop beating yourself up about all the “shoulds”, and focus on the now. The now is the only thing that has ever existed or will ever exist.

And remember…

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” 
― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

…and that reaction is up to you.

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The transition to adulthood; reflecting on the past to create a better future.

8 responses to “The Interesting Thing About Anxiety”

  1. browntroutfisherman says :

    Hi, glad you are regaining control of your life.
    Mark Twain was famously quoted as saying … “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”
    This is such a truism,…!

  2. kbeck13 says :

    That’s very true. I’ve been trying to overcome anxiety for a long time now. I have came to the same conclusion and anytime I’m feeling nervous about something I go for it anyway and in the end it’s never as bad as I made it out to be.

  3. psydist says :

    Try to do this…probably after that you are ready for anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=falGA-ewmr0

  4. awnnamarieevans says :

    This is incredibly beautiful.

  5. psydist says :

    According to your text I should have a relationship and end with it to get over my fear of the pain that can cause the end of a relationship…

    • janinerussell says :

      Hmm… you’re right and that wouldn’t be right at all. Maybe it should be better interpreted that if your fear of bad relationships is preventing you from getting into one, you should take that chance and go ahead with it. Even if the scenario you’re dreading most did happen to be true, you would come out of it alive and learn that even though it’s tough at that moment, you are a stronger and wiser person because of it. Keep on learning, and don’t be afraid! Hope that makes more sense!
      Janine

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