Let me just say that Anxiety Disorder isn’t like the common cold or the flu that gets cured with OTC meds in a matter of some days. It’s more a condition of the mind that makes one feel less enthusiastic about life and living and more panicky about every little matter. A condition that may reduce with time with the help of counseling, medications and loads of self-care and positive affirmations, but, which needs to be followed religiously.
It might not seem very serious an issue to many, but it’s the sufferer who knows where the shoe pinches.
So, coming back to the topic of discussion today, I have personally experienced anxiety and panic at its worse, but with the help of medication for a few months, counseling over a couple of months, and loads of positive affirmations and self-care every day for the past 6 months, have experienced a lot of improvement in myself.
It feels like I have attained freedom, you know! Freedom from so many feelings that kept me from living peacefully; freedom from the incessant fear that would haunt me all the time. It’s not to say I don’t feel anxious at all. I still do, but I know how to manage these anxious thoughts now.
If you, too, have been a victim of GAD, and if you have been working on yourself religiously, and if you have been experiencing the following, then know that your anxiety is reducing.
10 SIGNS YOUR ANXIETY IS REDUCING:
YOU SLEEP PEACEFULLY:
That’s the number one sign that will tell you your anxiety is no more your boss. If you are able to enjoy an uninterrupted sleep of 7 to 8 hours without any medications, know that you are getting better. And, on nights when you are unable to sleep soundly, yet don’t fret over it but wait patiently for the sleep to arrive, then trust that you are doing wonderfully!
YOU DON’T ALLOW PANIC TO DISTURB YOUR PEACE OF MIND:
I would get panicky over the sound of the television, or even while riding in the car. Now, I am much more cool about it and have devised ways to push out the panic and take things in my stride. I don’t get frightened with the TV volume going up; I focus instead on what’s going on in the scene. And, if I feel the terror creeping into my system when travelling in a car, I merely ask hubby to slow down a bit and/or enjoy the music.
YOU AREN’T ANXIOUS IN STRESSFUL SITUATIONS:
Instead, you find ways to solve the issue. You know that Life will never be a smooth ride and that there will always be curveballs coming at you from unexpected quarters at unexpected moments. But, you also know, that come what may, you will face it all, coz you have it in you to face the uncertainties! That, you are brave and capable enough, and that you are a hero, so no matter what happens, you got your back!
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS ARE YOUR DAILY MANTRAS:
You begin your day with gratitude and you spend your day counting your blessings. Positive affirmations during difficult times are your best friends that help you brave it all. My favourite mantra is, “Everything happens for the best.”
Knowing the uncertain nature of Life, I don’t expect anything otherwise from Her! In fact, I have stopped expecting anything and am only grateful for all that happens–good or bad. It’s like, if things work out, good, if things don’t work out, great, for, there’s definitely something better in store for me!
YOU DON’T GET HASSLED WITH YOUR SCHEDULES GETTING DISTURBED:
Okay, now this one does bother me sometimes, but most of the times, I just breathe when my schedule gets all disturbed because of change in plans. So, then, I just reschedule! Simple, isn’t it?
YOU ARE HAPPY FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON:
It’s when you realise, that the key to your happiness lies in your own hands, and that you don’t need any particular thing, or person to make you happy. You just are happy!
YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH DAY:
Whatever be your work, you are enthusiastic and energetic as you begin your day. You don’t feel any lethargy (unless it’s a Sunday!) and you look forward to meeting your goals, or completing your activities, either for a hobby or for your work.
YOU TAKE YOUR HEALTH SERIOUSLY:
Your health matters to you a lot and you take extra care of your health–physically, mentally, emotionally. Self-care is your mantra and you know what’s good for your health and what’s not, and you consciously stay away from what’s not.
YOU AREN’T DISAPPOINTED WITH THINGS GOING WRONG:
You accept that you are human and you will make mistakes. So, you learn from your mistakes, get over your disappointments and vow to work better the next time.
MINDFULNESS IS YOUR EVERYDAY HABIT:
The most important of all, you learn to be mindful. You live in the present and don’t rue about the past or worry about the future. Be it while working or relaxing, you make it a habit to be mindful of every moment. Mindful and grateful. These two words are, in fact, the secret to your reduced anxiety!
None of the above is possible without conscious efforts on your part, though. It’s an everyday practice that will help you overcome your anxiety to an extent that it’s manageable. The affirmations, the self-talk, the self-care has to be the most important part of your daily To-do list. It needs to become second nature if you wish to fight your anxiety and your fear. And, believe me, both these–the anxiety and fear–will always lurk somewhere in the shadows. It’s up to you how you learn to keep them under control.
So, do you find yourself overwhelmed by Anxiety, or have you learned to keep a tight rein on it? Do share with me your story of facing and fighting your anxiety.
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