For many years, as long as I can remember actually, I’ve lived with anxiety. Everyone has anxiety from time to time. It’s a normal, natural reaction to things that seem like a threat to your wellbeing. Our minds are wired to look for threats. When a threat is perceived, the “flight or fight” reaction sets in. This is how we protect ourselves.
This concept of “protection” is something I’ve only recently realized. In looking for a “cure” to my anxiety, I came across this idea of my mind trying to protect me in one of the books I read. This same concept was presented in several of the resources that I found and I don’t recall which resource it showed up in first. After having been exposed to it a few times, I had one of those “ah-ha” moments.
All this time I had been fighting with my mind, trying to hide my anxiety or get rid of it. Then it dawned on me that what I really needed to be doing was thanking my mind for keeping me safe. All the fighting and arguing with myself to try and get rid of the anxiety was actually making it worse. Over the past year or so I’ve used several techniques to help me accept my anxiety as a normal reaction and actually appreciate it for its purpose of protecting me.
When we learn to accept ourselves fully, including the parts that we don’t particularly like, we can find peace.