Any tips on how to move from anger and frustration with anxiety to a place of compassion and acceptance?
Thank you for your question.
Many people find this change in mindset difficult however once you begin being able to be compassionate towards yourself, it gets easier to accept anxiety and move forward.
Firstly it’s important to remind yourself that anxiety is not a choice. It’s a tool your brain uses to protect you from what it perceives as real danger. Writing a life timeline of significant positive and negative events throughout your life can help you understand what’s led you to develop anxiety.
Another way of thinking about having anxiety is questioning the benefits such as allowing you to understand and be compassionate to others that experience anxiety. Some people find positive mantras helpful. You could try saying to yourself phrases such as “I am strong” or “I am determined”.
Journaling is a useful tool to help you identify and understand triggers which may help you become more accepting of general feelings of anxiety.