Gratitude, Acceptance, Praise - GAP
Gratitude: Be thankful you are alive and have the opportunity to live a fantabulous, vibrant, fulfilling LONG life. Be thankful that you are pretty darn healthy, overall, as most of us HA'ers OVERWHELMINGLY are (eventhough we probably don't believe this, too much, right now:) Be thankful others have walked in your shoes (your 'anxiety boots') before you. Be thankful that others have found some solace and peace. Be thankful that there IS a healing path for you, too. Your case is not worse. Your case is not beyond help. You will, overwhelmingly, NOT be 'the one' who does get that sinister disease / illness we fear. Have gratitude. Ask yourself, "If others have been able to find some semblance of relief...some better footing on a healing path, then why should I think that this is not available to me, too?" Well, to me, the answer is: yes, it IS available to you, as well. Have gratitude that there is help and hope. Most of that help will come from you, yourself. And, hope without action is fruitless...always had been, always will be. Have gratitude:)
Acceptance: This will be a MAJOR part of almost all of our healing paths for our mental health challenges. To me, this is a tenet, unwavering in its need to be embraced, for learning how to live WELL alongside our anxiety issues. Acceptance is not some words you say, "OK I accept, anxiety be gone!" and then poof we are 'cured'. Acceptance is an active measure. It requires action on our parts. It entails embracing actions and habits and mindsets. If we hear of acceptance being a key for affording ourselves some solace, perhaps, and we wait for it to come to us, we will be waiting anxiously for sometime....likely forever. Learn about acceptance.
Praise: Have praise for yourselves. You are the only you that you are ever gonna have. Nobody else can define your life better then YOU can. Nobody, ultimately, can make you feel 'whole' or feel worthy or feel secure or feel strong or feel calm or feel passionate or feel destined for great things more than YOU. Anxiety tries (oh boy, does it try! and it succeeds a lot, too) in beating us down to where we simply feel we just will never be able to really control the direction of our lives. "If only I didn't have anxiety issues...If only I didn't have to worry about dying and leaving behind my loving family" "If only..........(fill in the blank). We can certainly feel that we will always be at the 'mercy' of anxiety / HA. Have praise for yourselves. You have gotten this far in life. Sure, we've been knocked around and probably dominated by anxiety during our lives, to date. But, you are still around....still kickin'...still having some good, 'in control' times, here and there (don't tell me you don't have some good times:). Have praise for yourselves that you are seeking a healing path...seeking a way to live better alongside our challenges. Look in that mirror each morning and try not to see anxiety, fear or a big 'ol fat "what if?". See someone looking back that CAN learn how to live so very well in much greater accord with having our anxiety/ HA stuff. Have praise....you are the only you there will ever be....and this YOU can do wonderful things and can accomplish so much...eventhough anxiety can make us feel the total opposite, at times. Anxiety lies. Inside you is the truth:) Have praise for yourselves.
I've been gone awhile from The AZ. Much to do with a biz venture. Hope I can come back around a little bit more to help some, here and there. I still help myself, too, on a daily basis....and I always will. But, that is more than OK....I've lived what happens when I'm not helping myself. It ain't pretty:) Do not feel that living well alongside our issues will ALWAYS be a huge, ginormous, never ending battle, an all time consuming chore to get some lasting peace. Staying pretty balanced on a healing path can become quite natural. It can flow. It can become almost ever-present in its ability to 'work' for you. Getting on a healing path can be a challenge. Getting the direction needed can be a challenge. Getting support can be a challenge. Getting our overall anxiety pegged down (from hyper levels) just enough to where we can begin to embrace a healing path can be a challenge. Yes, challenges abound. Not just with anxiety but in life, as well. But, we all know this. Don't let anxiety make you feel you are too weak, too 'far gone', too 'crazy', too different, too panicked or that your lot in life has been predetermined to struggle. Anxiety lies:)
Peace and Feel Well:)