In our last post we saw why putting anxiety recovery at the top or your to do list or bucket list is so important. Today we look at how to actually psyche yourself up about your recovery from anxiety. How to get really pumped up about it so you can actually do it and succeed 🙂 Ready? Let’s dig right in..
Picture yourself in the future. How will you feel in 2 years if you keep on the way you are now? 5 years? Will your world be even more constricted? Will life be harder? Ask yourself: Do I really want to go to that dark place where I will very likely wind up if I don’t make a change today?
Now, vividly see yourself in the future without having anxiety. What will it feel like for you to live free of panic attacks or social anxiety in 2 years? 10 years?
See yourself living a wonderfully full and awesome life without the burden of anxiety. Write down the delicious details and revisit them whenever you feel tempted to give up on your anxiety recovery.
Tell someone you trust. If you tell someone who you love and trust that you are once and for all going to go for it and try to stop panic attacks or beat your anxiety, they will most likely check in with you and ask how it’s going from time to time.
Also by putting it out there to someone, you are putting a kind of pressure on yourself that is like a promise that you have to keep. Please be sure the person you confide in is supportive and positive. If the person you love and trust the most happens to be a negative Nelly, then post about your resolve to get better on an anxiety forum where you feel safe and supported.
You can even post about it here in the comments section. You can bet I’ll check up on you 🙂
Want what others who have gone through anxiety recovery have. Read books that inspire you of people that have seriously overcome their panic and anxiety and went on to lead successful lives. I do love From Panic to Power by Angela Bassett because she not only tells about her struggles, she gives practical tips that really work for anxiety sufferers. I also love Hope and Help for Your Nerves, or anything by the late Dr. Claire Weekes. This pioneer of anxiety recovery actually struggled with anxiety herself.
You can find other books by searching on Amazon and reading the customer reviews. You can also follow blogs of people who are actively working on their anxiety recovery to see how they do it, and follow along.
Know that small changes = big improvements.
Recovery from anxiety is a gradual process and it will not happen overnight, so please don’t expect it to. But small changes feel great and they are easily accomplished, because we don’t set our sights too high. Making one small change and sticking to it for say a week will have a lasting effect on you.
For example, if you struggle with social anxiety and one of your small goals is to learn how to be comfortable with eye contact, you can break it down into manageable chunks of progress:
For one week, commit yourself to making eye contact, even if brief, with 5 people you encounter every day, and have a pleasant smile on your face. Do it for one week.
The glow you will feel committing to and achieving this small goal will propel you forward to your next goal, which may be asking someone a question while maintaining eye contact. Rinse and repeat.
Take it one day at a time. Break your day down into 24 hour increments. Actually we’re only awake for about half of that 🙂
Commit to your anxiety recovery one day at a time. Remember you can do anything for a day. You can be bold in the face of your anxiety. You can venture out a little outside of your comfort zone and be ok. Seeing your recovery from anxiety in this way makes it much more manageable.
It takes it from insurmountable to actually doable. One day is a tiny blip of time in your life. And you don’t have to do everything today.
But you can do one little thing and move forward. And tomorrow when you wake up, you can recommit yourself to your recovery for another 24 hours and do one more little thing…
Are you psyched? Good! Now go ahead and get started on your anxiety recovery. You can do it!
I wish you peace,