A note for anxiety sufferers

One possible way to begin working with anxiety: 

See if you can, for just a moment, let go of the need to “cure” it. This attitude will not always come to you, not every time, and especially, maddeningly, not when you want it to. But sometimes, when you’re in a reflective mood, it’s possible to embody this attitude: “I do not need to cure myself. I am not wrong or tainted or diseased. I am whole, complete, and worthy—just as I am.” 

I am whole, complete, and worthy—just as I am. 

Recalling this mantra, upon waking up in the morning or before meditation, might be a good idea. 

One problem with receiving a diagnosis of any of the common mental troubles—anxiety, depression, OCD, anorexia, etc.—is that it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy: “I have __, therefore it is inevitable I will feel this way.” 

Diagnoses and the professionals who give them are an important part of the healing process. They are a way of socially acknowledging that internal anguish exists in the hearts of many, and this process encourages people to not suffer in silence. It shows people they are not alone. 

But as a matter of your own psychology, your own emphatic relationship with yourself, labeling can be dangerous. “Anxiety” can come to define you. 

So label if you need to. But overall, spend less time labeling yourself, and more time loving yourself. 

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