Anxiety is something I’d never wish on anybody, not even my worst enemy. It’s amounted to years of struggling, of falling down and picking myself back up. Yet, from all this frustration and hurt I’ve leaned a few things that have helped me in other areas of life. This isn’t to say I wouldn’t have learned these lessons if I didn’t have an anxiety disorder, but I wouldn’t have learned them in the same way, and maybe they wouldn’t have hit quite as hard.
Breaking Things Down Into Manageable Tasks
While dealing anxiety one of the most important things I’ve learned is that when things feel overwhelming sometimes it’s best to take a step back and break things down. No matter how big a task is, you can always take it step-by-step. Instead of thinking about running the whole marathon, take it a mile at a time.
Things Usually Don’t Go How You Think They Will
So often with anxiety we fear the worst happening, but very rarely are our worst fears realized. Even knowing this, it’s still easy to get caught up in trying to predict the future. We plan for what we think will happen, but all we can do is go with the flow. Sometimes this means our worst fears don’t come to pass, and other times it means the things we want don’t find their way to us in the way we’d like, and that’s ok!
Looking Before You Leap
It’s overkill to worry about every little thing, but as people who struggle with anxiety it’s kind of our thing. We’re not the type of people to jump into things blindly, and I’ve found applying that kind of thinking strategically can actually help with making smarter decisions. The trick is knowing when to stop overthinking.