It’s time to share yet another Anxiety Success Story! This one comes from Stephan in Trinidad:
I would like to thank you for all the emails you sent on anxiety. I have a bit of a story to tell you. In this past week I have heard two final exams for college on the same day. It was the most scary thing.
I took tablets before did some meditation and I was anxious like crazy. I was throwing up before the first exam, feeling dizzy and lightheaded, I did not even want to write it, but those were the last two courses I needed to complete my degree.
I sat down in the exam and I could feel it. Nine times to be exact, all within 45 minutes. However the story of you sitting in church came to mine and I tried very hard not to run away.
I have faced a lot of horrible things in my life. Had people close to me kidnapped and never found, broke my hand, ripped up my foot, got lost in the woods, mashed up my ribs and a whole more but this fear was something different.
I just wanted to run out of there, but I said screw it. I sat down there and held my ground and it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.
I just kept demanding more and more and it actually worked. After about an hour, I was the first person to get up and leave the exam. My body was so drained that I had to hold the wall and walk out.
Then for the second exam I went in sat down and no anxiety, no panic, nothing. I even tired to give myself a panic attack and nothing. I was so happy….
Results came out today and I got an A and a B and I have you to thank. If I did not stumble across your blog I might have not made it through that exam. I don’t think am cured but I will keep it up. Thank you, Stephan.
Bravo- you did such a fantastic job! You are well on your way my friend!
Sitting through that exam and letting the anxiety just have it out with you while you held your ground is the hardest thing in the world to do. But it is also the fastest and surest way out of panic attacks and crippling anxiety. I applaud your efforts and hope you are as happy as I am for you! (And you Aced both exams too- woo hoo!!)
Cure – that is when you no longer have a fear of anxiety. Once you aren’t afraid of it anymore, you can feel it and say Ok here comes big bad anxiety, I’ve done this before. You cant fool me. That’s when you’re cured.
Because of your courageous experience, do you see how the 2nd exam was a breeze? That was because you weren’t afraid anymore. In that moment you truly were cured. 🙂
Keep it up and you will continue to triumph over your anxious feelings. Remember not to be fooled if anxiety comes back for awhile- it is part of the recovery process.
Congratulations to Stephan on acing his exams and thumbing his nose up at anxiety! What an inspiration!
I wish you peace,
ps. – Do you have an anxiety success story you’d like to share on PanicFreeMe? Please contact me with all the glorious details! Your success inspires and gives hope to others who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.