When it comes to dealing with anxiety issues, you must understand that fear feeds the beast! Your symptoms – the way you feel – do not equal anxiety. Rather, its how you react, and the fear you create in your own head, that fuels the fear cycle and ultimately your anxiety.
Today Billy and I discuss the fact that the fear we feel when dealing with panic and anxiety is real, but the danger is not. There’s no real danger underneath that fear. Understanding that this is false danger is a key toward making forward progress in recovery. We discuss false danger during periods of high anxiety and “future perceived danger” that drives the lifestyle changes which can become the hallmark of an actual anxiety disorder like agoraphobia.
Lets look at the basics of recovering from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia related issues. First in a series. Billy and I talk about the need to accept that the recovery process will include feeling afraid and uncomfortable, and about building a recovery plan based on acceptance, courage, persistence and patience.
Find the original article the series is based on here.
Once you understand that exercise isn’t really making things “worse”, you can work on solving this common problem. Lets review what’s really going on, and look at how to re-introduce exercise into your life in a step-by-step way. As with everything we walk about, this isn’t necessarily easy, but its absolutely worth the effort!
If you haven’t seen part 1 of this mini-series, you can find it here.