General Anxiety Disorder - Panic Attacks - Generalized Depression

5. Stop Fighting Anxiety

For many years I would fight with anxiety but fighting anxiety actually plays into its hands.

It wants you to be annoyed, upset, depressed, stressed out and it wants you to do battle anytime you return to certain situations.

I remember nights where I would force myself to go out and say to myself “I’m not letting it get the better of me today, I’m determined to have a good night”.

Then when the night was finished I would feel like I had gone ten rounds with Tyson as I was so worn out from all of the stress of trying to hide my anxiety all night.

It was only when I learned to stop fighting it, relax and run with it that I started to learn new ways to deal with it, and dissipate its hold that it had over me.

Its through maintaining a calm methodical mind in the middle of my anxious situations that allowed me to function propperly, analyze the situation and diffuse the anxiety.

One thing that worked for me and this sounds silly is to think of something basic like the color blue, when anxious thoughts creep in completely blank your mind and thing of the color blue in time the feeling pass but you need to fully commit to it and don’t let your mind control you. This can be difficult if someone is talking to you but in this instance blank your mind and really focus on what they are saying, don’t let your mind race, control your mind and really focus on every word they say.

I know this is easier said than done but stick with this and it will all come clear through practice.

I thought the color blue technique to my daughter as she was being bullied, she was afraid of going into situations but now she is 100% back to herself, you wouldn’t believe how powerful it is. But again this just highlights that if you have learned to deal with a situation a certain way you can easily unlearn this and apply a new approach. There isn’t only one way to deal with things.

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