Earlier today, I was in a lot of pain as a result of my GAD-related anxiety. I felt trapped and unsure of what to do, overwhelmed by pain and loneliness.
Now, I feel loads better and much more clear-minded. Most of all, I don't feel stuck anymore. My anxiety isn't cured, but I feel like I'm here and I can deal with what comes my way.
At first, when I was feeling terrible, I told myself, "I'm feeling anxious and that's okay," but I didn't believe what I was saying to myself, and it didn't change how I felt in that moment. I thought it was a useless exercise. But as the minutes passed, I started to feel more present and less anxious. I began to engage with the world again.
Looking back, I realize I had to give in to get through. Fighting my anxiety didn't work, trying to solve it didn't work. Ultimately, I had to try to accept that which caused me pain, my anxiety. And even though I could only do that for a split second, it was enough to move me past the stuck feeling.
I hope this helps someone else feel the kind of relief I have felt.