What do we know about recovering from anxiety? “We talk a lot about what it’s like to be in the throes of anxiety — the panic attacks, racing heart, spiraling thoughts, overwhelming fear, and sometimes, irrationality. But seldom do we talk about what being “in recovery” for anxiety looks like, or what it even means. This can leave many people wondering what signs to look for when their own anxiety starts to lessen.” –– Haley Quinn
20 years. 20 years of my life were spent struggling. I grappled with fear and anxiety and there were some dark times I felt like giving up.
During these times, my anxieties and fears were so powerful that I had trouble getting through the week. It was very tough, however, I did not lose hope. I knew I could one day share my story of recovering from anxiety and fear.
1. Discovering Effective Techniques In Overcoming Fear
To get through those difficult times, the first thing I did was admit that I had a problem. I then took the steps to find a mental health counselor who could help me with my situation. I also made the effort to learn as much as I could in dealing with anxiety by reading a lot of books and doing a lot of personal research.
I knew that the answers I was looking for were out there and all I had to do was make an effort to find them. Over time, I became very knowledgeable on how to deal with fear and anxiety which helped me in the long run.
2. Learning From My Previous Mental Health Experiences
In time, I became better able to conquer my fears and anxieties. Whenever I encountered a fearful and anxiety-related situation, I would apply the techniques I learned from the professionals and from my research.
Instead of looking at my struggles as a problem, I looked at each situation as a learning experience.
For example, I remembered when I first learned to ice skate. In the beginning, I fell down all the time, but I kept getting back up even though it was very difficult. Over time, I did not fall as much, and eventually, I was able to skate without falling down.
It was very tough and scary dealing with my anxieties, however, I made an effort to find out which techniques worked for me. I would then write down this information in a small notebook.
The next time I encountered a similar situation, I was better able to face my fears by reading my notes. This prevented me from repeating the same mistakes I made in the past.
3. Asking God for Help When it Comes to Your Mental Health
Praying and asking God for help was a tremendous asset in getting through my challenges. I was able to manage my anxieties and fears by using the help of God. Including God in my life gave me the hope and the faith to continue on during my mental health struggles. Never underestimate the power of God when it comes to your mental health.
4. How I Got Through Each Week Dealing With Fear and Anxiety
Whenever I struggled with my fear and anxiety, I made it a habit to take things one day at a time. I made an effort to not dwell on my fearful thoughts which were telling me that I was not going to make it.
I also realized that you can’t predict the future. A person maybe 99% correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is that 1% to make a difference. There are factors and circumstances that you can’t predict or anticipate that can make a difference in your current situation.
The key to recovering from anxiety is to never give up and seek help from professionals. You are not alone when it comes to your mental health challenges. There are many support groups in your area where you can get assistance and where you can meet others who can relate to your circumstances. Your situation is never hopeless and by making the right decisions, you will eventually be able to get your life back on track and then one day tell your story about recovering from anxiety and fear.