“Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom”
Alain de Botton
Anxiety’s a bitch ain’t it?
A right pain in the arse, sent to spoil your day and you just can’t seem to make it go away.
Why did it choose you?
Why can’t you just get on and enjoy life like everyone else?
The truth is, it’s not all doom and gloom. Not unless you make it.
Even on your darkest days you can still have times when you feel fine, when you are calm and relaxed. After the hours of anxiety and panic eventually subside you feel better and more like yourself again.
I remember clearly a few years back spending almost an entire day with my head in my hands at my desk having no idea how I was to go on. Yet hours later I was over at a good friend’s laughing so hard my sides were hurting.
I remember worrying for weeks about a flight abroad and then panicking and shaking for most of the journey. Only to spend a week on a beach away from it all and where I didn’t feel anxious once.
With anxiety and panic the opposite of rose tinted glasses is true.
You often look back and focus on the negative, your worst days and moments. It’s these you remember and they are the ones you tell others about when discussing how you’ve been.
I think if you look back over the last few years that you’d agree that there have been some good times too. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom.
Despite anxiety, it is still very possible to have those special moments when everything in the world just seems right. When you feel good inside and have that smile on your face you just can’t hide.
These are the times you should be remembering. These are the ones you should focus on to help motivate you to want more of the good times and less of the bad.
You may feel at a complete loss, you’re at point A and you want to get to point B. But you have to remember, there are a lot of steps in between.
Embrace that journey, focus on the good moments, no matter how short or insignificant you think they are. Find strength in that which uplifts you and makes your spirit soar.
Use it as your rock to fall back on when the anxiety hits.
So what are you going to do tomorrow?
Get up and get at it, or succumb to anxiety the moment you feel it.
Remember how good you know you can feel and want for more, or give in and let those negative thoughts start to spiral.
It’s all about mindset.
You’re either positive and productive, or you’re negative and destructive.
You can’t be both, so make your choice.
I know which I prefer.
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