It’s taken me years…literally…but I’m happy to say that I think I’ve finally overcome my ongoing battle with severe anxiety.
Whenever I’m challenged by a new experience or situation, I often find myself riddled with anxiety – and many years ago it was enough to cripple me emotionally and physically.
But thankfully today I have a better understanding of my anxiety – what triggers it and how to go about controlling it.
So much of my own anxiety was tied to childhood insecurities I carried into adulthood – often leaving me to question my character and my abilities in this life.
But recently I started a new chapter in my personal history book, and was pleasantly surprised by something that was missing.
Yes, there were butterflies in my stomach over the newness of the situation, but amazingly it didn’t rob me of living, loving and enjoying my life during the days and even hours leading up to it.
Do I have all the answers? Heck no. But the next time you’re feeling that twinge of anxiety, ask yourself this question: are your thoughts based in reality, or are your insecurities making things up that aren’t there?
It’s a wonderful thing to know that you’ve broken a cycle which has plagued you for a majority of your life. Though it was a long and difficult journey towards wellness, it is something we all can achieve with a little hard work, determination and most of all support.
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, 1893