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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:59

The Climb and The Fall

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When you fall back into that spiral of anxiety (yet) again, give yourself time to get your strength back, and then step back into the battle again.

No matter how often you fall, you will always get through and you will be able to start again.

Sometimes it feels like you can't possibly keep trying to beat it. It will always get the better of you eventually, and to an extent, it's true. We can never be completely rid of anxiety, but we can learn to manage it, and in doing so, we can live our lives more 'normally' and achieve things we really want to achieve.

Of course, I'm not a professional, and who am I to be giving advice. To be honest, I am giving this advice to myself. I fall backwards regularly, and each time I get depressed and convince myself that I will never be able to do anything, that I can never beat it, and that it's just not worth even trying anymore. Yet everytime, I slowly get out of that spiral (and yes, it can take a couple of months or more), and pick myself up, and start again.

It really is a case of, 2 steps forward, 1 step back - and sometimes, it can be more like 4 steps back. But at least each time I try again, I make even a little progress. I hope that you are too. If you feel like you aren't, try making small goals when you are on the way up, for instance, mine are often as small as "I will arrange to have coffee with a friend", or "I will go into the supermarket and buy something", at the start. But quickly they grow from that and I find myself making bigger goals, such as "I'm going to blog to the world about my social anxiety" and "I'm going to organise a cabaret so that I can practise performing", which (incidentally), make me equally as happy as the small goals did when I achieved them.

I'm under no illusion that I will fall again, probably in the near future. But while I am on the up, I will make those forward steps as big as I can, so that when I do fall, I have less far to climb back.

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:54


  • Comment Link serenity123 Sunday, 12 May 2013 15:21 posted by serenity123

    Thanks, I have been having a hard time. I have been having intense anxiety for a couple months and have been struggling trying to get rid of it. I appreciate the post because that is how I feel a lot of the time, but I always seem to get out of bed and try it again. I feel like it helps if i just visualize that I am doing something without the anxiety before I go into a situation.

  • Comment Link Wanttohideforever Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:35 posted by Wanttohideforever

    I am new to all this, not the anxiety, but finally admitting that ANXIETY has taken over my life while I had no idea. This morning I was preparing for my day ahead and when I starting thinking about my shift at work from 3 to 8 this evening I had a severe attack and almost called out sick. I only work 2 days a week so it would be difficult to go without the money. I found this site and I hope it can help me cope more easily and get me to a better level of anxiety. Thank you to everyone and anyone that can help me through my journey.

  • Comment Link tmsagriff Saturday, 27 April 2013 22:23 posted by tmsagriff

    Thanks for sharing. I think it is a very realistic observation that we will always have to fight this battle. I think it is important to be both realistic and optimistic which I think you balanced nicely in you post.

  • Comment Link Jessica Claire Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:25 posted by Jessica Claire

    thanks for the sweet comment! means a lot, and I'm glad people can relate, we are all in the same (or similar) boat, it's just hard to remember that a lot of the time.

  • Comment Link valorieb Tuesday, 16 April 2013 06:51 posted by valorieb

    Hey, thanks for sharing. Sometimes when you are on the bottom you wonder how worth it it is to keep trying to pull yourself up time after time. So, it's good to hear of your courage. I appreciate your thoughts. And I checked out your blog. That's awesome that went to that concert in spite of your anxiety! I'm glad you had fun :)

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