Learning how to accept your anxiety disorder is actually very difficult.
This is because our natural instinct is to fight our anxiety symptoms and do all you can to push your anxious thoughts and feelings out of our mind.
But in fact, really accepting your anxiety disorder is perhaps the best way to manage and ultimately eliminate anxiety from your life.
Sometimes when people ask you to accept something you really don’t fully accept it. What a lot of us do instead is just put up with whatever the issue is. However, in order to really get a handle on your anxious thoughts and feelings you will have to learn how to accept your anxiety disorder 100%.
This does not only involve telling yourself “o.k. I accept” it is much more than that. It’s also physical acceptance that is required. In other words, when you get palpitations, headaches, dizziness or insomnia you don’t just say to yourself that you accept this, you have to “go limp” as it were and really, truly accept what is going on in your mind and body.
This is actually very hard, but with practice it can be done. Acceptance is important because it allows you time to rest and it also offers a real understanding of what anxiety symptoms can and cannot do to you. By accepting fully all the things that anxiety can produce you will come to learn (and accept) that although it can make you feel and think strangely it will not actually hurt you.
One of the biggest worries that I always had was my concern about the possibility of my anxiety growing into something worse, but it didn’t and it won’t for you, either.
I remember sitting in a chair and getting a flash of panic which would always cause me to stand up real fast and grab my head – almost like I was trying to stop my head and thoughts from running out of control.
Now when I get those flashes I am uneasy but I don’t add to it. I don’t reinforce it with secondary fear. I just sit or stand there and let the anxiety symptoms flash, pulsate and run right through me.
Will you still be somewhat uneasy when this first burst of anxiety comes over you? Sure you will, but understand that if you just wait a few minutes and remain as calm as you can possibly be it will subside much faster. It’s when you jump out of your seat and start pacing around that you stir up the adrenaline in your body and almost surely guarantee yourself a tough night.
I understand that this is very hard for you because your anxiety symptoms are so frightening – however believe me when I tell you that accepting all aspects of your anxiety disorder will change your life.
It is hard having an anxiety disorder because it can dominate your life but that is precisely why you have to do something about it. I wouldn’t expect you to be able to accept your anxiety fully within a week. But with everyday that you try to accept you will see a huge difference in the frequency and severity of your anxiety attacks.
And so it all starts with baby steps. I am sure that you are frustrated but you have to start somewhere and acceptance is a good place to start.
So the next time you get a disturbing thought or strange symptom let it pass.You have to accept before you can get better, but luckily this part of your recovery is well within your control.