ME: Fear is bad.
Feeling your feelings is a sign of weakness, we’ve been told. A vicious circle, you can feel fear feeding thoughts of self-loathing that feed the fear triggering another anxiety attack.
ME: I shouldn’t be afraid.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.”
ME: I’m bad because I feel fear.
Everywhere you look, magazines, blogs, and psychiatric professionals try to convince you must outthink your feelings of fear. Fear must be controlled, redirected, and eradicated from your life.
“You always get out of life exactly what you tolerate.” — Tony Robbins
We then seek out higher thoughts to quell our internal conflict, past traumas, endless niggling insecurities so that we can “function” in society.
You’re not the only one to be swamped by the pressures of a chaotic world telling you no matter what you do; it’s never enough—you’ll never be enough.
Millions if not a billion people, including you and me, have mini to full-out anxiety attacks at least once a week.
ME: My goal is to cope, right?