A natural response to anxiety is to want it out of our life NOW. Some of the ways we try to get anxiety to leave us is by avoiding or suppressing the uncomfortable feelings. Attempting to avoid or suppress our anxiety becomes fuel for the fire and this creates a cycle that keeps the pattern in place. We fear anxiety so much that it creates even more anxiety.
There is a better way to work with anxiety. It needs to be understood that it is a natural human response. When we change the way we view anxiety and learn how to sit with these feelings, it takes away the power anxiety has over our lives. A great way to help with this shift in perspective is by practicing mindfulness (becoming aware of our thoughts but not identifying with them). What we are doing, by practicing mindfulness, is engaging the witness perspective.
The witness perspective is the part of our mind that can watch our thoughts and emotions. The witness can be curious about thoughts and emotions but does not get taken down the rabbit hole with every uncomfortable thought or feeling. By practicing mindfulness, the person who is suffering from anxiety learns to accept their uncomfortable feelings, which can reduce their anxiety dramatically.
Is anxiety a part of your life? Please feel free to get in contact for a free confidential discussion on how I may be able to assist you. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and have a great week.