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.
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This is part 2 of my little mini series on the relationship between anxiety issues and exercise. In part 1 we talked about why exercise can make some of us feel worse even when we’re told it should make us feel better. In this episode we talk about how to do something about that using methods found in graduated exposure therapy.