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Walking Through Fire

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"If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill.

Often when something makes us uncomfortable or anxious, our first response is to retreat. It's a natural response, but often not a helpful one. Sometimes you really do have to face that fear. This is especially true for people with anxiety disorders, because what has us worked up is usually not jumping out of an airplane or staring down a man-eating shark. It's more likely to be something like driving during rush-hour traffic, standing in a long line at the grocery store, meeting someone new, or speaking in front of a group.

If we allow ourselves to retreat from these everyday things because they make us anxious or even stir a panic attack, we allow our world to shrink. We avoid going out for fear of facing these things. The real problem is that the anxiety is within us. It is not out there in the cold cruel world that we are retreating from. So when we hide at home or avoid stressful places, eventually we find that the anxiety is still right there with us. It still finds a way to come out. Then we begin finding new triggers and new things to avoid. Our worlds continue to shrink, and this viscious cycle can cause more stress and more anxiety.

This is where old Mr. Churchill's words of wisdom come into play. We've seen that freedom from anxiety does not lie in retreating. You're going through Hell so the last thing that you want to do is stop and just stay where you are. So you're left with one option, keep going. Move forward until you're out of the flames.

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  • Comment Link Barrocco Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:40 posted by Barrocco

    Facing the fears tend to be hard, but it really help when you face them. I would probably be much worse if I didn't face my fears (except in social situations with lots of people I got to face, my usual response there is panic and flee, my problem is over riding that emotional response).

  • Comment Link Aaron Kretzschmar Wednesday, 19 March 2014 05:58 posted by Aaron Kretzschmar

    Thanks for the positive input!

    I love hearing responses from people who can relate!

  • Comment Link Aaron Kretzschmar Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:53 posted by Aaron Kretzschmar

    Thanks guys!

  • Comment Link mcintosh lisa Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:55 posted by mcintosh lisa

    This is so true thanks for posting,in order to break the cycle you have to learn to face the fear,s in small step,s even if you only get to where your going or doing and cant get in the door give your self,s credit that you made it part way,then try again later in small step,s you will over come it.

  • Comment Link doc keven Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:52 posted by doc keven

    Anxiety is so like that shadowy Friend that always walks with u.This is a good BLOG..and I totally agree with it

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