I have started to notice that the situations where I normally suffer with anxiety as a conditioned habitual response (in other words, to feel anxious is a typical response) I am starting to get less anxious. The way that I believe this has been achieved is by being honest about the anxiety I have experienced in these situations in the past and recently and by repeatedly re-exposing myself to them in a variety of ways and forms. In other words I have gone back to do battle with these situations again and again until my anxiety has reduced and reduced. Yes, there is still some, but there has also been a big improvement. Avoidance does not teach tolerance nor does it build resistance and strength in the face of adversity. Running away, because I have been scared has not been the answer but I have to say that I have had to seek wise counsel at times when I have been extremely distraught because things have gone wrong (in my opinion, at least, not necessarily the opinion of people who do not suffer with anxiety) in order to cope with the fear and distress. It is finally starting to pay off. I usually take the long way round in order to get it right and avoid mistakes and distress caused by them but it appears that is not the way to overcome anxiety, so I have discovered. Has anyone else found this to be so?
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