“Anxiety Relapse Does Not Erase The Success And Progress You’ve Made.”
You may feel as if your anxiety is under control, but all of a sudden your symptoms of anxiety occur all over again! People who are not prepared for an anxiety relapse can experience guilt, helplessness, and shame. It is not that hard to recover from anxiety relapse. All you need to do is keep learning for the new experiences.
Dealing With Anxiety Relapse
Decrease the different stressors. Find out about what may have caused the anxiety relapse and think of ways on how to overcome it (Here is a great post on the connection between over-breathing and anxiety). You should also reduce all the external stressors as much as you can. The stress may be triggered by factors like starting college, moving to a new place, a breakup, relationship problems, or a new job. Stress can certainly increase your susceptibility to anxiety.
Think of varied ways in which you can predict the stress and create a method to respond to the stressor. When you wake up in the morning, if you know you’re going to be faced with some forms of stressful challenges from the day, make sure to bring your weapons with you for the day:
Weapon #1) Your Rational Mind – Get your conscious mind involved in every sticky situation to override your irrational/negative responses to a challenging situation.
Weapon #2) Your Belief In You – Make sure to focus on the great progress you’ve made, and how you’ve overcome many challenges in recent times. Wake up everyday with the words “I accept all challenges today, and wholeheartedly believe in my ability to deal with anything.”
Weapon #3) Your Ability To Control Your Speed – When you slow down throughout the day you give you conscious mind opportunities to step up and give your emotional mind a break. It’s a complete reconditioning process when your speed is slow and controlled that will lead neutralness during any practical problems that show up.
One of best therapies to treat anxiety is CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy which addresses both the behaviors and the thoughts that drive and feed anxiety. The practitioner/coach can help identify the irrational thoughts and beliefs which triggered anxiety relapse and assist you find different ways to challenge such thoughts.
Along with coaching or therapy, you can also commit to excellent tools such as meditation, yoga, and breathing techniques to deal with anxiety relapse.
Continue to get proper help from your educated support system. Reach out to your family, friends, etc. without any fear. Isolating or distancing yourself from others can also make you more vulnerable to suffering from anxiety. Share your stresses and worries with any loved one or someone that you find trustworthy (but make sure they have a good idea of your struggles, and understand the disorder well).
Take steps to regularly meet up with friends. Participate in different social events and activities even if they make you feel icky inside. The more you avoid the stronger your fear gets. Do not forget the fact that you can recover from the anxiety relapse. Never lose hope or feel that everything is lost. It is possible for all things to get back together.
Positive words of self-assurance like ‘All is not lost’ and ‘I will get through this anxiety relapse’ on a daily basis can be very helpful during moments of more calmness. Do not blame yourself for the anxiety relapse. Be kind to yourself and never forget that relapses are normal and can happen to anyone.