Just what is normal?
I thought I was normal for a good 40 years then suddenly I was told I was not.
I was told I had severe anxiety but to me this was normal, I knew nothing different and thought this was how to do life.
What did I know?
I remember watching a video on YouTube with the title "Anxiety Attack Caught On Video" I watched and was underwhelmed, I was left asking what's out of the ordinary here?
It was not until I had a fullscale mental breakdown that I was assessed and properly diagnosed with severe anxiety and mild depression.
I have since been taught coping methods that are helping me to calm my head down and stop it get ahead of its self but it is a constant struggle to overcome what I thought was normal for so many years and accept this new way of doing things.
I find it so strange being able to think and not struggle to do so before it was like my head would run out of space like a computer's hard drive and could not process any more.
I still have good days and bad days but the struggle will continue until I have mastered how to do this relaxed chilled out way of life.
Obviously, I have missed out some of the details but what I will say is don't allow yourself, dare I say to get anxious about being anxious. I'm not going to go as far as asking you to be proud of yourself but at least accept yourself for what you are.
Once you accept yourself you can then push your boundaries slightly each day. The more you do this the quicker you will find you can cope with more and more.
No, this practice is not going to cure you but it has certainly helped me.
What do you find helpful when tackling anxiety?