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Thursday, 17 January 2013 07:45

Taking it Slow

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Learning to take little steps is a huge step towards recovery from social anxiety disorder. Yep, it's true! Weird as that may sound. It is logical though, although it may seem as though you are simply enabling the anxiety for a long time. But think about it, if you constantly put yourself in the most anxiety provoking situation you can, and then panic, you are only building up a great evidence base that that situation Will ALWAYS make you panic. It took me ages to learn this, and I used to always beat myself up because I hadn't managed a situation as well as I 'should' have.

I hated the fact that I couldn't eat out. Couldn't go to parties. Couldn't sing in public. Because as far as I was concerned, I SHOULD be doing all those things, without ANY anxiety whatsoever!

This is simply not the case.

It works like this.

The more you force yourself into situations which you aren't ready to manage, the more evidence you have that you CAN'T manage them.

The littler steps you take, the less likely you are to panic.

The more little steps you succeed in taking without panicking, the bigger backlog of evidence you have to prove that you CAN manage your anxiety.

Once you have this evidence that you can manage your anxiety in little steps, then you can slowly move on to a bigger little step.

Keep doing this, until you finally reach a point where you are happy.

Sure, this can take years! But the moral of this blog is - Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

Don't let anyone push you into a situation you aren't ready to deal with!

Follow more of my own journey with little steps (which are becoming bigger) at or @jessicaclaire85


Last modified on Friday, 18 January 2013 00:08


  • Comment Link OwlJulie Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:44 posted by OwlJulie

    That is great.Thanks for your blog.

  • Comment Link Jessica Claire Saturday, 09 February 2013 04:35 posted by Jessica Claire

    Hang in there Faiza, this site should really help, maybe also try searching online or ask your doctor? Keep asking until someone takes you seriously. We are here for you!!

  • Comment Link faiza eman anwar Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:31 posted by faiza eman anwar

    please some one help me. I want to talk with a psychologist or a therapist . I want to overcome from my depression. Please please please suggest me how i can find a psychologist or therapist. Because i need it alot. Am here just of this.

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