Most people begin anxiety recovery with a good outlook. Usually we are so excited and enthusiastic and every little victory feels like Christmas morning!
And then we continue on and life happens. The road to recovery from panic attacks and anxiety can be long. We have setbacks, and sometimes despite our best efforts, we still hold on to a lot of self defeating behaviors. Or old self defeating behaviors start to come back out of habit. This happens without us knowing it of course, but it makes the recovery process even longer.
And then there’s the fact that our lives have been disrupted because of anxiety to begin with.
All of this makes it easy to get discouraged with the whole anxiety recovery process. You know what it is you have to do, and you know you should feel happy about this great opportunity to get better, but still you feel like crap.
And our lives have been anything but fair. It’s enough to make us feel like crawling under the covers sometimes and just going into hibernation…
Today is All About Finding Inspiration for Your Anxiety Recovery- Through Having a Positive Attitude.
You must allow healthy thoughts to guide your everyday actions. Getting psyched, having a positive attitude, and being enthusiastic about your recovery from anxiety is the fuel that will propel you forward.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” -Hellen Keller
Do not allow your thinking to become self defeating. Don’t listen to the itty bitty shitty committee in your head. You know, the little voices that say “Great, so I got through some panic attacks, my life is still hard,” or “The harder I try, the worse it gets.” Negative self talk is a very insidious part of anxiety.
Even when you start to get better, it will start to creep in and make you feel like learning to overcome panic attacks is too hard, or that you’re not worth it and your life stinks anyways.
It would be very easy for me to say- “Man, this is so hard. I didn’t ask for this. Why must I deal with anxiety and panic attacks every day of my damn life??”
But I refuse to do this. Instead I approach my anxiety recovery with a positive, Can-Do attitude.
Both medical research and history are filled with proof that negative events and traumas can be the agent that causes a person to transform his or her life into something constructive and wonderful. This is done through positive coping strategies, behaviors, and attitudes.
Here are some examples of people you may have heard of who overcame overwhelming adversities:
Label a child as “too stupid to learn,” and you have a Thomas Edison.
Make a man a “hopeless” alcoholic, and you have Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Tell a woman she’s too old to start painting at 80, and you have a Grandma Moses.
Afflict a talented artist with periods of depression so severe that he cut off his own ear, and you have a Vincent Van Gogh.
Blind a man at age 44, and you have John Milton, who, 16 years later, wrote “Paradise Lost.”
Call a child dull and hopeless and flunk him in the sixth grade, and you have a Winston Churchill.
Tell a young boy who loved to sketch and draw that he has no talent, and you have a Walt Disney.
Take a crippled child whose only home he ever knew was an orphanage, and you have a James E. West, who became the first chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America.
Rate a boy as “mediocre” in chemistry, and you have a Louis Pasteur.
Deny a child the ability to see, hear and speak, and you have a Helen Keller.
-Source: Dear Abby – Wednesday June 25, 1997
What Happens When You Start to Have a Positive Attitude & Take Responsibility for Your Own Anxiety Recovery
First of all, you become more alive.
You develop a new source of energy and inner strength. You will acquire a zest for life the likes of which you have never felt before. The inner happiness that comes from living life always going forward, always looking upwards, knowing that you have faith in yourself and your innate ability to heal, succeed, and accomplish anything you want out of life is absolutely intoxicating.
Second, you will be happier.
You are no longer approaching life from a place of victim-hood or defeat. Instead you know that you are more than what you have been given. You learn to recognize your strength. And you use your God given strength to make your life the best it can be. This gives you something wonderful to look forward to each and every day! Talk about sunshine!
Third, you will have freedom.
Freedom from the chains of anxiety and panic. You are no longer looking outside of yourself for the answers. You are no longer begging a doctor for a prescription or someone to make you better. You are now self motivated to actively live your life even with the warts of anxiety, knowing they will eventually fade. You enthusiastically practice self help for panic attacks. Your new found freedom gives you the power to move ever forward and live your life with great joy.
“What’s important is what you do with what you have been given, not what you have been given.” -Abraham Maslow
Are you taking responsibility for your anxiety recovery today?
I wish you peace,
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