We look to our doctors for answers or scour the internet searching for something to help us understand why, when we feel so great one day that a setback can come and absolutely devastate us.
It’s as if zero progress has been made. Suddenly we get a resurgence of anxiety symptoms so forcefully and acutely after weeks or months of absence. Old symptoms or even frightening new ones appear one after the other, panic attacks return out of nowhere, and we are exhausted, demoralized, defeated, and angry…
Why, when we have been really successful and feeling so joyous in our anxiety recovery efforts, can we have these setbacks, and it’s like no progress was ever made? Leaving the house the next day can be harder than ever.
Why Does This Happen With Anxiety?
Getting better is not a steady, linear progression. How I wish it were, but it is not. I’ve been doing this anxiety dance for most of my life. Now that I am finally on the blessed road to recovery, I still get those setbacks.
But the difference is this: I now have a good amount of acceptance for this process. I see that a random setback, while it will freak me out and piss me off like you cannot believe, does not mean I’m not getting better.
Dr. Claire Weekes tells us that “Fear is one of the strongest, most inconceivable emotions we know…” (Peace From Nervous Suffering p. 15)
That being said, when you have an effective program to follow and are starting to see results, the feeling can be almost intoxicating. The excitement and happiness you feel on a good day will serve as a reminder and carry you through the setbacks and bad days.
An important part of effectively overcoming anxiety is to show you how you can cope with sensitization, over exaggerated symptoms of stress and even panic attacks (because you can!). By practicing living through the feelings and symptoms again and again, you gradually desensitize yourself and the fear of the anxiety goes away.
Getting well feels amazing, there is nothing quite like it. Thank God that we can!
To those of you who have started working my Simple Anxiety Self Help Road Map, we are now on day 3. I’ve received a lot of very good feedback on the program so far and I’m so excited for your progress. Be so proud of yourself!
This is a reminder to make the time to do listen to the audios 2 times a day, and follow along in your workbook. It works, but you have to work it. It’s feels like magic, and it is very practical and easy to implement.
The thing is, in a setback, all common sense and knowledge go right out the door. So please keep it simple every day, listen to the recordings. With this program, it is not hard to feel better fast.
It couldn’t have come at a better time as I was really overwhelmed with my anxiety today to the point where I just couldn’t bring it down to a manageable level. Well after skimming the book I listened to the 2 audios and it was like magic they brought me off the ceiling and back to calm for that I cannot thank you enough Jill
I am going to follow this plan every day without fail because all of the programme’s I have tried so far and let me tell you I’ve lost count in my desperation of how many I’ve tried I have never been calmed down so quickly This has really given me hope on one of my very dark days. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat.
If you’ve been struggling with anxiety setbacks and are really at your wit’s end, won’t you give the Anxiety Self Help Road Map an honest try?
When it comes to overcoming anxiety and panic, slow and steady wins the race. Every time. Rushing towards a cure or a quick fix will not really do much in the long run. Having a simple plan of action of what to do when anxiety strikes is what helps the most.
And do not be fooled by setbacks on the road to anxiety recovery. You can Face, Accept, Float, and Let Time pass through any sensitization or bizarre symptoms your clever mind can dream up. Because you are way more clever than anxiety…
And remember I am here for you and with you. Let’s stay strong!
I wish you peace,
ps. – As you follow along with the program, and earnestly work it to the best of your ability, you will get better.