Expressing your feelings to someone who has hurt you or caused you emotional trauma helps bring out the angst that you tend to bottle up within you. For me, it has been my anxiety that has been a cause for immense stress for a long time now.
So, to find some peace of mind and to let my anxiety know how it felt having it for a company for years together and not even knowing it was there all along, I decided to write a letter to it…to my anxiety…and see how it helps me feel.
It’s indeed a unique way of dealing with my anxiety, I know. So, let’s see how this helps!
My dear Anxiety,
So weird that I call you “dear”, considering you have caused nothing but distress for years together. But, since you have been an old companion, I’ll be polite with you.
I did think that it would be easy getting rid of you, you know? With the help of therapy and my meds, I had started to feel so much better, as if a load had been lifted off my chest. But, as a dear friend pointed out, it isn’t easy getting rid of you, completely.
You still exist in my system. You hide in the shadows, like a bandit, waiting for the perfect chance to pounce on my mind and destroy all the peace. You are very very wicked…oh yes, you are!
Haven’t you had your fill feeding on my mind all these years? Why can’t you just let me be? Why do you have to rear your ugly head every now and then and tease and taunt me so? Is it your mode of entertainment?
I know you so well now. I can instinctively sense you approaching when my heart starts to beat in that peculiar manner and my breath gets shallow. The restlessness and the panic and all those horrid thoughts that suddenly appear and crowd my mind speak loud about your vile intentions.
But, I have had enough.
I have decided to work harder at getting over you and not cower in fear.
I know, you will always be loitering around, somewhere on the periphery. But, I am working on getting stronger by the day, and learn how to deal with you, rather, make good use of you to face the fears you scare me with.
Yes, I am working on using you to my advantage; making use of my anxiety to get over my anxiety!
Like, the other day, when hubby disclosed his plans for the next month. My instant reaction was PANIC, followed by fearful thoughts of every kind.
But, then, something clicked, and I thought to myself how I didn’t need to think about the moment that’s still to come.
How, we can take precautions and be prepared for any untoward events that might take place. How, those untoward events I fear, might not even take place, after all, and, it’s all just YOU trying to put those fearful thoughts in my mind!
What a relief it was, I tell you! Not because of what I had realised about you and your evil ways, but about being able to find solutions to eventualities that might happen.
it was our Scouts and Guides motto, back in school:
So, that’s what I am going to work on.
On being prepared for anything and everything that comes my way.
And, making good use of you in looking for a way out of a difficult situation I might find myself in.
All I need to do is, BE PREPARED and BE ALERT.
Ah… That does feel so good now!
Try as you might, dear Anxiety, but I am NOT going to allow you to win.
I am going to fight you till my last breath.
So, YOU be prepared, too!
Love ‘n’ luck
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