Freedom From Anxiety-Related Problems
It is possible to become free from anxiety problems completely but change can be frightening. The lack of control and apprehension it involves can be disorientating and anxiety-provoking to almost
everyone. We all need help and support from others at some times in our lives, usually when we are learning something new or changing our circumstances.
Actually, most things we learn in life are initially frightening; things such as: learning to ride a bike, learning to drive a car and take, for example, learning to swim. Most
children, and some adults, go from being petrified of venturing into open water, clinging desperately to the side (a perfectly logical reaction since at the beginning they
have no control and could drown) to being able to jump and dive in the water, swim underwater, tread water and swim wherever they want.
Learning to swim involves learning what to do to be in control and confidence grows as the feelings of control grow.
Given the right instruction, guidance and support we can learn to overcome our fears by mastering the various stages involved – and so it is with
anxiety and panic, phobias, OCD and depression.
Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated
... Karl A. Menninger
Once we understand why we believe and behave as we do, there are many things we can do that help to:-
› Change those beliefs and behaviours.
› Let go of the past and move forward.
› Develop more accurate, positive feelings about our self.
› Develop feelings of being in control and confidence.
Once we accept that courage is not the absence of fear we are in a position to move forward. Guidance and support can help, but at times it can still be frightening. If
we want to change (develop and grow would be better words) we can't let fear hold us back!
In this world of profit-driven, success-orientated goals of false materialistic happiness the incidence of feelings of 'not being good enough',
anxiety and depression can only increase and yet in, one sense, it is those people that have experienced these problems that reflect the truly good human
Soul-searching and introspection can lead to an understanding of our own behaviour and that of others, acceptance of our own 'faults' and those of others and an
appreciation of the effect of our behaviour on other people. Without doubt, if the excessive anxiety, panic and despair could be reduced for sufferers of these
problems society would benefit greatly.
Remember, you're not alone. Think of all the other people who are going through the same as you. If you do this you can be sure that
someone is thinking of you.
It Can Be Done
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