This morning is another one of those days. The anxiety is back, I suspect triggered by events of this week, and my motivation to do anything is nada. But, I don’t get the luxury of staying in bed and wallowing in my misery. I have to force myself to do the things that I need to get done. (I could never have done this a month ago.)
This week started off well. Path of Angels’ edits are progressing and other projects I’ve been working on have been getting done. I had gone a whole week without a panic attack, although I still have small boughts of anxiety. And the melatonin was I was taking to help me sleep had started causing nightmares, but nothing too bad.
Then, a few days ago, I was totally blindsided when a friend of mine came very close to saying goodbye, because, although I thought I was coping well with the anxiety and depression, I apparently was not. It took being chewed out to realize this.
Sometimes it takes others to make us aware that we need help beyond what we can do on our own. And that they can’t be our help, they can only be our friend.
The Power of Positive Thinking
Something I came across this week while researching more on anxiety was the concept of ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts). These are the negative statements that reinforce the anxiety and depression. Overthinking causes us to get stuck in our heads. We first have to realize that we are causing our own suffering by accepting these negative thoughts.
When we change our thought patterns from negatives to positives, our mood automatically changes. It’s not a cure, but it does help make us feel better. We just need to consistently use it.
Here are a couple articles about positive thinking and coping with anxiety. Enjoy.