How To Stay Hopeful While Suffering With Anxiety
Remaining Positive During Difficult Times
For the most part, I manage not to focus on just how much anxiety affects my daily life. Sure I might get anxious and I might have moments when I really struggle, but once I start to relax, I slowly begin to focus on other things. However sometimes, some days, everything seems to add up and I realize just how much I miss out on due to my anxiety.
At times I begin to really think about how much worrying has taken away from my life. I think about how I don’t do things as easily as I used to or how I don’t seem to enjoy things as much because anxiety gets in my way. I get depressed and I begin to wonder if I’ll ever manage to overcome something that has been taking control of my life for so many years.
It really gets to me sometimes. I get scared because I really do want to get through this and I really want to be able to succeed in life. Worrying that your fears will stop you from achieving your goals can be frightening; it’s hard enough finding a job without worrying that you’ll be the reason for not being the best you can be at what you love.
So how do you stay positive when life can be a daily struggle? How do you continue to have faith that you will conquer your anxiety when for so long, it has felt as if your own mind is trying its hardest to get in the way of success? It’s not always an easy thing to do, but you can stay positive and you can overcome both your anxiety and your depression.
First of all, it’s important that you remember that you are in control when it comes to your anxiety. It may not seem like it, but you are. By taking small steps to overcome your fears, you show yourself that you can get through the toughest of times. By proving that you can get through these times of stress, you gain trust and confidence in yourself that you are stronger than your fears.
Another way to stay positive is to look forward to your future, to really focus on what you want to accomplish in life. Striving towards a goal will help you remember why you are working so hard to get better.
In addition to looking towards the future, concentrating on the past is helpful as well. However, instead of focusing on times in the past when anxiety seemed to get the best of you, think of times when you challenged your anxiety and overcame it. Recalling times of success will remind you that you have the ability to conquer your fears and work through the challenges that you have faced. Often times, the physical side effects we feel due to anxiety are because of how much we have let our fears take control, we don’t have to allow that to happen. I know that it is not always easy to get through your anxiety, but I also have experienced firsthand that it is absolutely possible to conquer your fears with hard work.
We cannot afford to lose hope; no one can. We all need to work hard to get through any obstacles that we encounter. There will probably be times that we feel depressed about letting our anxiety or other issues get in the way of our happiness, but that doesn’t mean that we should give up. If you find yourself struggling and giving in to your fears, it is okay to feel disappointed in yourself, after all sometimes that’s what drives ourselves to work harder. What is not okay though is to get so discouraged that we put ourselves down or think any less of ourselves. We must turn our negative experience into a reason to practice overcoming our biggest challenges. Though it may seem otherwise, no one truly fails at getting better unless they stop trying and give up.