Life is hard and I have pretty intense chronic anxiety. Still I don’t let that stop me from doing what needs to be done.
It’s funny to me when people praise me, call me strong, brave, and all these other names. I’m literally just doing what I have to do. I have to push myself or my life would be in a bad place. Always pushing even when my anxiety is nagging ugly words in the back of my mind.
So what is the secret? How do I stop the anxiety from talking over?
I stop and I breathe. I close my eyes and breathe while focusing on the darkness. I may put ear plugs in or have head phones on while I do this. I block everything out and am alone with myself.
Safe in the darkness I ask myself – are you safe? What is happening right now? Is your worry something that hasn’t even happened yet? Then stop it. What’s happening now?
I push forward but keep asking – What’s happening now? How about now? Now? Now? Now? Right now.
Sometimes I may repeat the word now over and over again in my head. It is a reminder to stay calm and that now everything is alright.