Can we get rid of anxiety? Or do we just have to learn to live with it?
Sometimes anxiety has a purpose, it keeps us safe. And the main aim of the brain is to keep us safe. But sometimes anxiety gets in the way of what we want to do and in those cases it can become a problem.
One of my clients described his anxiety like this – ‘it took over my life. I was always worried when it would strike again, because the first time I had a real anxiety attack I had no idea why . I still have no idea why.’
After working with me for a while he now says ‘I’m much more confident in my decision making, and have a new-found confidence. The anxiety is not there at all and the depression feels like something that happened in the past. Most importantly I feel that my character is starting to develop again.’
So yes, maybe it is possible to get rid of anxiety – but it can take time. And I know that when people are experiencing anxiety they don’t believe that it can be anything different. Anxiety can be exhausting, just getting through day by day is somethimes all that can be achieved. The continual dread of the attack taking over, when in a meeting with the boss, meeting someone new, going out where there will be large crowds.
What will trigger the attack? If, like my client, there is no clue, no clear reason, it can mean that you stop doing so many things due to the ‘What if?’. What if I have an attack, what if the nerves get to me, that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, that just lets me know the anxiety is on the rise.
But help is at hand. The words above from my client shows that it doesn’t have to be that way. Things can be different. But it does take bravery and energy to take action, to start to find a solution to the anxiety.
And I know that it can be confusing to find the right help, but there are lots of people out there who can help. My advice to you to is…………Be brave, pick up the phone or send that first e mail, the first step is often the hardest. But once that hurdle is achieved, the rest can continue, one small step at a time. And who knows where that first step may take you.
Change is possible today