Because I deal with Sensory Processing, I am already prone to anxiety, overthinking and negative repetitive thoughts. Those continue to be my biggest challenges.
The great thing about what I deal with is that I get to document it. That helps me get my thoughts out into the open and that helps me feel better. Anxiety isn’t something we consciously think about unless what we’re dealing with makes us feel uneasy, even uncomfortable; then we know we have it.
We may all deal with anxiety at some point in our lives, but some may struggle with it, more than others. Anxiety is difficult. It’s unapologetically challenging and a condition that affects us both mentally and physically. It’s something learned, but with the right techniques in place, it can be ‘unlearned’ again. Anxiety is curable.
And with the right techniques in place, anxiety can be controlled until such a time we’re in control. Recognising we have anxiety is important because without us dealing with the symptoms around anxiety, anxiety can make us feel panicked and impatient. Before we can even begin to reduce or get rid of anxiety, we must accept that we have it.
We sadly can’t deny anxiety exists, in the hope that it will go away or pretend we don’t have it. We need to accept and let go of the idea that we can simply ignore or fight it. For example, we may avoid places where we have experienced anxiety in the hope that we can control it or that it won’t show up in that place.
It is simply not possible to turn anxiety off as though it doesn’t exist. Anxiety exists particularly around stressful situations. We have to be prepared to accept we deal with anxiety and find ways to limit it when it happens.
It also gets worse the more we overthink. Perhaps the key is to make sure we don’t overthink things. In that case we must go with the flow, accept that it’s happened and try to find a resolve.