Happy Friday Readers, this week I wanted to talk about my old nemesis; Anxiety.
In one of my earlier blogs I spoke about worrying and how it seems to have become synonymous with caring. Worrying and anxiety go hand in hand, anxiety can be described as a constant gnawing worry that doesn’t always have a focal point or has multitudes of them. It can manifest itself in many ways and in varying levels of extremity, from physical ticks, like constant blinking or scratching in our sleep, to panic attacks and nightmares.
In recent years, the practice of either ignoring or overindulging our anxieties seems to have developed, as though society doesn’t allow for any middle ground. Anxiety isn’t something that can simply be swept under the rug, because it operates perfectly fine from that particular hideout. It is also something that shouldn’t be constantly fed into because that just leads to further anxiety.
It’s important to acknowledge our anxiety, assess why we’re feeling it and proactively work on overcoming it in a positive way. Conquering Life provides tools for working on anxiety, tools that have helped me go from a highly anxious person (with many sleepless nights under my belt) to a, more or less, anxiety free person.
Living with anxiety is like living in a constant state of fear and that can seep into all aspects and areas of our lives. It can stop us from pursuing social situations, in the case of social anxiety because we are so terrified of not being accepted that we choose to avoid it altogether. It can keep us from getting enough sleep or from excelling in our jobs or in school because fear isn’t a positive motivator; it stunts us, leaving us like deer in the headlights.
I’ve also witnessed the encouragement of feeding into our anxieties, the biggest example of this being the media, especially the American news stations. The media reports things in ways that makes it seem as though the world is ending. This does nothing to help nor does it in actuality explain the situation or what we can do to aid it. I’ve also seen many therapies which seem to involve going over and over and over our anxieties rather than finding ways to eliminate them. Anxiety seems to have become normalized. I myself, before coming to Conquering Life, had begun to believe that it was just a part of life. I didn’t know (and also didn’t believe) that I could live without it. It is without a doubt one of the things I thank the program for the most. It is possible and more than that, desirable and just for us to live lives without the constant pressure of anxiety. I have never missed my anxiety, it brought nothing positive to my life. I am still competent and responsible without fear dominating my every thought. If you’re ready to shed anxiety from your life, all you have to do is take a step in the right direction and you could be Conquering Life too!