General Anxiety Disorder Tips
As many of you already know, I talk a lot about personal responsibility in overcoming general anxiety and I believe that none of us are victims. We are all actively involved in the process of creating our lives every single day, even our anxiety problems.
And even though many people would agree with this statement, it can be easy to slip back into that old "victim" mindset from time to time.
One great general anxiety disorder tip is to understand that allowing ourselves to feel victimized by anxiety strips us of our power. It's much more helpful to throw away any idea of victimization, and accept 100% responsibility for our cicumstances--the good AND the bad.
This last point can be hard for some people to accept at first. In fact, it was very hard for me at first when I first got this tip. I was more than willing to take responsibility for the good things in my life, but, like many people, I resisted taking responsibility for the bad things: the anxiety disorder in general, and my symptoms in particualr. I was so sure, "it had nothing to do with me."
And besides, taking resposibility for it seemed too much like "beating myself up" and I knew that was counterproductive to dealing with anxiety disorders in general.
But the idea that we are personally responsible for the bad things in our lives--even the things we are complaining about--isn't about blaming yourself. it's about empowerment.
But once you "get" this concept, and begin to assume responsibility for everything in your life, it gives you back a certain level of control, and you stop waiting for someone or something outside yourself to rush in and "fix" the anxiety disorder. Because the fact is, no one can fix general anxiety disorders. We all have to do it ourselves.
Now, keeping this idea of personal responsibility in mind, let's talk about what you are putting out into the world. What I'm talking about here is the balance that exists between what you are giving, and what you're getting.
Have you ever thought about how these two are very closely related? What you get is largely determined by what you give. So if you're getting anxiety in general, you need to take a good look at what you were putting out there.
Now right at this point is where I lose some people. They say, "This all sounds great, but I haven't seen any evidence of this in my life--can you prove what you're saying?"
I can really relate to this question and the skepticism behind it. I too felt this way for many years. I didn't see the connection between what I was "putting out into the world" and what I was getting back. In fact, it seemed pretty random to me.
But when I began to take a closer look at it, I did begin to see the connection--very clearly in fact between the setbacks I was dealing with in general, and my anxiety disorder in particular.
And if you will think about your own life and your experiences, you will probably see the connection too. If this concept seems too "out there" for you, just look at it from a strictly scientific point of view: "like causes produce like effects." In other words, "If you keeping doing the same things, you will keep getting the same results." And that is not only common sense, it is the standard all good science is based on.
So, understanding this concept, what do you need to do to get more of the results you want and less of what you don't (like anxiety disorders)? Being the "listmaker" I am, I have compiled a few ideas to think about. These go beyond "fixing" general anxiety and into the realm of helping you live a better life in every area.
1. Feel GREAT about where you are are right now. Focus on what is good about your situation and who you are. Remember, it is easier to improve upon a good situation than to turn around a bad situation. No where is this more true than in dealing with general anxiety disorder.
2. Don't think in terms of lack (what you are missing); think in terms of going toward good things (a peaceful life), NOT trying to get away from the bad (anxiety disorder).
3. Do as many things as you possibly can that make you feel good. Feeling good is so important, especially feeling good about yourself. People are naturally attracted to others who radiate positive feelings about themselves. Anything that makes you happy will help your life and the general anxiety disorder in a million ways.
4. Do things for others when it does not benefit you at all, and wanting nothing in return (not even a thank you). Help out someone just to do it--no other reason.
As you begin to do this, you will notice an unusual law of nature. You can not give to others and receive nothing back. It never happens that way. What goes around DOES come around.
In general, the more you turn your attention outside yourself, the less general anxiety disorders will be an issue you need help with.
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