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.
“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.