It is so disheartening how things like our anxiety stop us of from living the lives that we want and are destined to lead.
So much of managing anxiety in my experience has been awareness and acknowledgement. I acknowledge when I am anxious and what causes me to become anxious, and I am aware on how to walk myself through the process. This was something that that took over twenty years to uncover, and I am still a work of progress in that area. But the key is that I am working on it.
For years I envisioned the type of life that I wanted to lead:
I wanted to eat healthy, exercise, wear beautiful clothes, have an interesting job, and do fun and interesting things with the people that I cared about. I could see these images for my life in my mind. But my fear and anxiety stopped me dead in my tracks. It was almost as if there was something telling me “Who do you think you are to want to live this kind of fabulous life”! And I listened to a degree, for many years I settled for mediocrity and left the vision that I had for myself and my life buried in the back of my mind.
All of this changed when I made the decision to take control of my mental health and make my treatment a top priority. This is when I began to see all of the possibilities that I had available to me. My life was not to be lived from a place of mediocrity and fear. I was responsible for being bigger than my fear and anxiety.
I never realized how much power I really did possess.
I also realized that my mindset was so important in the maintenance of my mental health disorder. Of course I am going to have bad days. Hell, everyone has them, but I can live that life that I dreamed about so much, even with crippling anxiety and bipolar disorder. My message to the world is this: If I can do it, so can you!
So tell me here in the comments, are you ready to stop living in fear and mediocrity?