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Dealing with Anxiety: Using the Strength of an Anxious Mind to Calm Anxiety


Dealing with Anxiety: Using the Strength of an Anxious Mind to Calm Anxiety

An anxious mind is a strong, powerful mind, as anyone who has tried to rationalise themselves out of anxiety will tell you. An anxious mind can outrun, outpower and outwit rationality and logic any day of the week. What if you could harness the strength and power of that fiercely protective mind and use it to work for you instead of against you? 

Anxiety exists on a spectrum and we all experience it at some level. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. Anxiety is a very normal response from a strong, healthy brain that thinks there might be trouble about, and instantly responds by making us stronger, faster, more powerful, more alert versions of ourselves.

Like any good thing though, too much is too much. When the brain is oversensitive to threat, it puts us on high alert even when there is no need to be. This is when anxiety becomes intrusive and hard to live with. It turns from the gentle security guard who shows up when needed, to the crasher who steals the joy, tells stories about nameless dangerous things, and cozies up beside you so close it’s hard to breathe, think and be.

Why is anxiety so powerful?

Anxiety is there to keep us safe. It is a call to action to fight or flee so we can move through danger. It’s there to keep us out of the way of trouble so the signals it sends have to be strong. The problem is that those signals aren’t always accurate. Anxiety is instinctive and automatic. It’s been practising its moves for thousands of years. That’s the thing about evolution – sometimes it works for us, sometimes it makes us vulnerable to anxiety. 

Anxiety was never meant to get in our way, but rather, to get us out of the way of danger. The part of the brain that drives anxiety thinks it’s doing the right thing. The more we fight it, the harder it will work to convince us that there’s danger and that we need to act. 

So if fighting an anxious mind doesn’t work, what then?

We know that an anxious mind is a strong, powerful mind. What if we could harness the strength and power of that fiercely protective mind and use it to work for us instead of against us? As strong as a mind can be in its experience of anxiety, it can be equally strong in calming it. Anxiety might still show up, but rather than appearing as the wolf at the door and sending your fiercely protective brain into a panic, it can be greeted more in the way of, ‘Oh hey there – I know you. Take a seat over there.’

We know that over time, mindfulness works to build and strengthen a brain against anxiety, but there are aspects of mindfulness that can be used in the midst of anxiety to find calm. With practice, they can be called on at will to turn down the volume on anxious thoughts and feelings, and any other symptoms that anxiety tends to keep company with. 

But go gently …

Changing mindset involves small, repeated steps. Each step builds on the one before it, and this takes time. That’s okay though – there’s no hurry. Remember, your mind has been doing what it’s doing for a while and it will take a while to unlearn its habits.

Those habits have had a good reason for being there. Anxious thoughts and anxious feelings keep us alive. They put us on standby to deal with anything that gets in the way. It’s going to take some convincing to show them that actually, the only thing getting in the way, are them.

Don’t try to do all of these strategies at once. Trying to keep a hold of so many different things will make your mind do the equivalent of throwing its hands in the air and walking away. Instead, choose one at a time and do it for a short while at a time. Small steps, but important ones. If you try to do them all at once, there is the risk of it feeling too hard. When things feel difficult, it is normal to run back to what’s familiar. The way around this is to go gently. Here’s how …

Dealing with Anxiety – Using the power of an anxious mind. 

Anxiety is the power of the mind against the mind. That power is your greatest asset – and it’s an exceptional one. Now to claim it back so you can use it in a way that will build and strengthen you.

  1. Be present. Be where you are, not where your anxiety wants to take you.

    Anxiety works by using a solid collection of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘maybes’ to haul even the strongest, bravest mind from a present that feels manageable and calm, to a future that feels uncertain and threatening. Experiment with staying fully present in the moment. Anchor yourself by opening up your senses. What do you see, feel, hear, taste, know? Stay with what is actually happening, rather than what might happen. If this feels uncomfortable, put a time limit on it, let’s say, two minutes to start with. Spend this time fully experiencing the world as it is around you now.

    Every time you do this, you will be strengthening your ability to pull back from the anxious thoughts that steal you away from the safety and security of where you are. Try to get into a regular practice each day, for however long you can – two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes – it doesn’t matter. There’s no right amount, but the longer the better. The main thing is to keep doing it. The brain strengthens and rewires with experience, and this is an experience that is so strengthening and healthy, your brain will love for it. 

    Try: ‘Right now, I’m here and I’m safe. I see the sky. I feel the breeze against my skin. I hear my footsteps’

  2. Be patient. Don’t be in a hurry to change your thoughts and feelings.

    Thoughts and feelings will come, they will stay, and then they will go. No thought or feeling stays forever. Be patient and know that whatever you are feeling, or whatever you are thinking, it will pass.

    Experiment with being fully present, without needing to push away any thoughts or feelings. There is no anxious feeling and no anxious thought that is stronger than you. However big they feel, you will always be stronger and more resilient. Be patient. Be open. Be curious. See what wisdom lies at the end of your anxious thoughts and feelings if you stay with them, rather than fight them. Let them stay for long enough to realise that you have no need for them today. 

     Try: ‘An anxious thought. That’s okay – you’ll leave when you’re ready.’

  3. Be an observer. Watch your thoughts and feelings without engaging with them. 

    Anxiety has a way of drawing you in and making you engage with every anxious thought that comes in thinking distance of you. It’s exhausting! Experiment with standing back and watching your thoughts as an observer, knowing that when they are ready, they will pass. Sometimes we need to engage with thoughts and feelings, and sometimes we need to stand back and wait for them move on. Try imagining your thoughts and feelings as a bubble, and then watch them float by.

    Experiment with letting them be, without needing to change them, understand them, or talk yourself out of them. Imagine them hovering in the air around you, without becoming a part of you. Just let them be, without holding on too tightly. When they are ready to go, let them go. Think of it like this – rather than standing in the middle of a thunderstorm, trying to change the direction of the wind, imagine yourself watching that storm through a window, knowing that it will pass. 

    Try: ‘There’s a thought about what might happen if it rains on the holiday. Look at that. Didn’t know that was there.’

    ‘A feeling about going to the interview. Interesting.’

  4. Trust your anxiety. Know that it won’t hurt you. 

    There are a lot of reasons anxiety feels so awful. Two of the big ones are because it comes with a bunch of ‘unknowns’, and because the physical feelings don’t make sense. A curious, strong, thoughtful mind will try to put these feelings and thoughts in context, because the idea that they are free-floating and not attached to anything feels even worse. You might find yourself wondering if your physical symptoms are a sign of something more serious. You might wonder if that ‘bad feeling’ means something bad is actually going to happen. You might worry about the worry (this is common with anxiety) – what’s driving it, how to you stop it.  that your anxiety isn’t a sign of something bigger. This is hard to do but the more you practice it, the stronger you will be at calming your anxious thoughts and not believing the messages they contact. Anxiety is there as a warning, not a prediction. Feel the security and safety of what that means for you.

    Try: ‘My heart feels as though it is pounding through my chest. This is anxiety. It’s not a symptom of something bigger. I’m safe.’

  5. Trust yourself. You are strong. You are resourceful. You will cope. You always have.

    Trust that whatever happens, you can deal with it – because you can, you absolutely can. This might not feel real for you at first, and that’s okay. Go with it and see what the experience has to give you. This is a learning process and it will take time. Underlying all worry, anxiety and stress is fear that we won’t be able to cope. Fear of failure, for example isn’t fear of the failure but fear that you won’t cope with the failure. Ditto for rejection, making a wrong decision – anything. You will cope. You’ve proven it over and over. See what happens when you move towards trusting that. If it doesn’t feel real, pretend until it does. From the outside it will look the same anyway.

    Try: ‘Whatever happens, I will cope. I always have.’ 

  6. Meet your anxiety where it is, without needing you or it to be different. 

    It’s paradoxical, but sometimes, the more we try to change something the more energy we give it, and the more it stays the same. (Keep telling yourself not to think of pink gorillas. Try really hard not to think of them. Keep telling yourself to stop thinking of pink gorillas. See how that works?) Anxious thoughts take up a lot of precious head space. They draw on our feelings, focus, thoughts and imagination. The more we try to make sense of them and control them, the more they feed into anxiety. Instead, experiment with being with your anxiety as it is, without needing to change it. Acceptance doesn’t make a feeling stronger or more enduring. It stops giving it energy.

    What you focus on is what becomes powerful. The more you focus on something, the more it flourishes and expands.Try to be with your anxiety without pushing against it. Don’t force it to go or to be different than it is. This will let you understand your anxiety more, which will bring it out of the dark and into a space in which you can deal with it.

    This isn’t easy, but it’s powerful. Try it in little bits and work up from there. Start with letting your feelings be as they are for two minutes, or however long feels okay for you. Sit with them, without needing them to be different. Then if you want to, after that you can give them your attention and try to turn them into something else. When you can, let them be as they are again. See how this feels, then when you’re ready, work up to longer.

    Try: ‘I am having a worried thought. My hands are clammy. My mouth is dry. This is anxiety]. And that’s okay.’

  7. Clear your filter.

    Messages and experiences from the past have a way of changing the filter through which we look at the rest of the world. This is the way it works for all of us – anxiety or no anxiety.

    Try to approach experiences and moments as though you are experiencing them for the first time. Even if you have been in many similar situations before, none of them will be exactly like this one. Notice the differences between what is and what has been. With every experience, you are changed somehow – wiser, braver, stronger, more capable, sometimes more anxious, more worried, more fearful. Be open to the new possibilities that can come from this new experience, because that’s what it is – a new experience.

    For example, if you have had a painful breakup, there might be a tendency to hold back from loving wholeheartedly again. New people and new relationships might feel risky. This is completely understandable, and staying away is a move that will keep you safe, but it will close down the possibilities and promise that are waiting for you to find them. Growth happens when we open ourselves up to ‘what is’, rather than letting new experiences be coloured by ‘what has been’. 

    Try: ‘This is a brand new experience. I’m open to discovering what will unfold for me here.’

    ‘This reminds me of all the times I’ve had to meet new people. These people are different. I’m different. This experience is different.’

  8. Surrender. Let go of the need for certainty, even if it’s just for a moment.  

    The future is always uncertain, so anxiety has a pretty easy time of causing a stir. Not everything will go to plan and that’s okay, but the more we try to control things, the more we tend to realise how little control we have. This will feel uncomfortable at first, so start with surrendering to the uncertainty for a small amount of time. Experiment with letting go of needing to control the moment, the future, the past, or the people around you. The more you are able to lean in to your uncertainty and tolerate it, the less power it will have over you.

    Try: ‘I don’t know what will happen if I have to change plans. And that’s okay.’

And finally …

Think of these strategies like drops in a bucket. The first time you try them, you might not notice much. Same with the second time, and the third time. Eventually though, the more you experiment with them and the more you use them, the more capacity you will have to harness the strength of your wild and beautiful mind and make it work more in your favour. You will learn that you will always have what it takes and that anxiety is a feeling that comes and then it will go, just like a bad weather day. You’re a fighter – you’ve been fighting anxiety and winning for a while now. You’re strong, brave and resilient and you have everything you need inside you to deal with anything that might stand in your way. 

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I am having some trouble with school. My marks are no where of what they used to be and my marks are slowly declining. There is a lot of pressure being put on me as my parents are extremely strict. I am 14 and am in high school. Please help me.

Karen Young

David you have everything in you to get to where you want to be. If you don’t believe it, act as though it’s true. Your brain will believe it and will back you up with the physical and mental resources you need. The more you doubt yourself, the more anxious you will be, and the more difficult it will be to perform. Here is an article that might be helpful for you https://www.heysigmund.com/anxiety-in-teens/ (if you haven’t read it already). I would really encourage you to try to incorporate a regular practice of mindfulness into your day. Even if you start with 10 minutes and work up from there. A lot of research has shown it can steady a worrying mind and strengthen it, help it to be more focussed, more attentive, and help you sleep better. There are many mindfulness apps, otherwise there are many other ways to practice mindfulness. Here are some https://www.heysigmund.com/different-ways-to-practice-mindfulness/. There is magic in you – you just have to believe it enough to bring it to life.

Laura K

I hope you are feeling better. I’m tutoring a 14 year old neighbor. I always just tell him to do his best. He’s so hard on himself, even though he does pretty good in school. He had a F in math but I’m helping him bring it up and idc what he makes….as long as he’s trying…and I know your parents feel the same…even if they don’t say it.

My neighbor is always scared he’ll do something that’ll make his mom or dad not love him. I hope you know that’s just not possible.

Do your best and it’ll always be enough. Also, being hard on yourself and feeling bad because you feel like you’re letting them down just adds more stress…and stress isn’t good for us. We can’t think when we’re anxious, ya know? So just do what you know is your best and know that it’s good enough. Parents may be hard on you but that’s just to push you. They’ll love you no matter what. If they don’t, they’re not doing it right.

Sending you warm thoughts, hugs, & prayers! Best!

Penelope W

It is difficult dealing with parents who have expectations and you too want to do well as you actually want different things. If you can be brave and are able try and listen to then but then say ‘I am doing my best. Do not put any further pressure on me as it will make me anxious and then I will not succeed’. If they believe in a god tell them that ‘god’ has his plans for you and the do not have to worry. That might work but I would also get hold of a school counsellor and use them and they are interested in you and how you feel, not what your parents want you to achieve. Don’t forget you are young. Whether you work hard or whether you get high marks or not you will still have an interesting life. It is difficult when you love your parents, but it is your life, not theirs and you must do what you want in the end. Knowledge is useful but exams you can take throughout your life when you need them.


Hi. Thank you for the article. I’ll definitely try to use these tips. I’m a 45 year old mom of three teen boys. I’ve always been anxious – especially where health is concerned. The newest fear is my upcoming annual mammogram because I’ve had two false alarms at previous screenings. Anyway, it doesn’t matter what kind of medical test I get – I’m always nervous about it and over research everything on Dr. Google. I think the worst whenever any of my kids have a cold or a bump or bruise. I’m tired of my anxiety taking up space in my brain and distracting me from the good times with my kids. It’s exhausting and also causes me to have panic attacks. I’m so tired. Thank you again and best wishes to all of you with anxiety. 🙂


Hi, I am 49 and have had some anxiety and trust issues my entire life. 7 years ago my husband and my daughter found a part time job at a halloween haunted attraction. After the first year and over the following 4 years my husband became obsessed with the place and eat, drank and spoke of the place non-stop. During his 4th year there he cheated on me with someone 30 years younger than himself. He lied for months and now 3 years after all of this we are still together but he wants to go back to the haunted attraction and i have major anxiety about the place. Some days i cant even think about the place without getting anxious and crying. Our marriage is still not on solid ground and the only problem in our marriage is that place. I do not know what to do at this point to overcome my anxiety

Karen Young

Marie, the anxiety you are feeling about that place is completely valid and understandable. It sounds as though it is a place that holds many traumatic memories for you. Your feelings are valid and contain important wisdom about what you need more of or less of. What do you need more of or less of to feel safer and more protected in your marriage? Your anxiety and your feelings will hold the clue. If your husband wants to go back to this place, perhaps there will be things he can also do to help you feel safer. It’s possible what you need most of all is for him not to go back. That’s completely valid too. Relationships are a compromise. Think about these and talk to him about them. Hopefully he will be open to what you need and open to compromising, with you giving him a little of what he needs if he gives you a little of what you need. If he isn’t prepared to listen or compromise, that would be the time to ask what is in this relationship for you. You deserve to feel love, safe and nurtured.


I often get anxiety attacks. A couple months ago I didn’t have this problem, but recently I have found myself extremely anxious and nervous about small things in my life. I don’t know where all of these attacks have come from, but it doesn’t really matter. I just want to fix it. For instance, I am 18 and I don’t know how to drive and I fear it. My mom tries to teach me and I’m taken over with fear and nervousness. I think to myself that when driving I have the power to hurt myself and someone else, which then results in me not performing so well. My anxiety is also ruining my relationship with my friends and boyfriend. I keep thinking he’s going to leave me, and I have talked to him about this several times and after each time I feel calm again. However, if I continue to worry and bring it up to him, pretty sure he will eventually begin to believe there is a problem between he and I, but really there isn’t. It’s me. Reading this article gives me hope that this is all just a phase and it will pass. Makes me also think that perhaps all this anxiety is from new changes in my life; I’m going to college, entering adulthood, and I recently broke up with my boyfriend whom I’ve been with for 2 years for this other guy. I just hope doing these exercises will help me, because I feel like I’m to the point where I need help.


Hi Karen,

Thanks for the article! Just wanted to tell you it helped me a great deal and provided me with some new perspectives. Others here need to realize these are general tips and you are not their professional mental health care giver! Try to incorporate some/all these tips to better yourself. This is not an instant cure to all problems.

Keep it up Karen! your article is helping many people 🙂


This article is amazing!!! I seriously always felt that I couldn’t really do anything else to cope with my anxiety. I felt some sort of lost on how to go about it because it started affecting my everyday life so much. I found this article randomly. This has given me so much hope on how to deal with anxiety!! I am printing it and planning on keeping it with me at all times just in case I have a very bad panic attack.

Thank you so much !

Jeanne F

I echo the writers who’ve found common sense, common ground, and “tricks” to teach the mind new paths. With small steps. I subscribed and will keep coming back to heysigmund for more techniques and reassurance. Thank you.


Thanks for this really great and helpful article. I’ve been dealing with cancer for 3 years now and i had frequent episodes of anxiety attacks this year that caused me to be anxious and worried often! I thought i was losing my mind! Thank you! I will apply these methods!


I have never really realized until I came across this article that I have anxiety. I have always had the fear of someone leaving me. Being mentally and physically abused as a child I think may have caused these issues now. I have always been one to not do things because of the What if’s. I constantly look for things in a relationship just so I won’t get hurt in the future. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed I feel like I want to scream because I don’t know how to deal with my feelings. Now that that I have realized what’s going on with me I can help myself with theses thoughts. Very helpful article.

Sandra moorhouse

Hi i started with agraphobia at 14 i am 52 now. I over came it but boy im left with bad anxiety. Every day i struggle . Work going out. My confidence is nill. I can make other people laugh feel good ect but cant conbate my own racing thoughts. Im in a self made prison. Relax is even scary to me i dont even know how. Im devorced live with my 27 yr old son.


hello, i’m 18 years old. My boyfriend and i met with a freak accident a few weeks ago. We’re both alive and fine but i’m suffering a lot of trauma and anxiety from the accident. I’ve always had anxiety but it has gotten a lot worse and i’m having trouble sleeping and eating. Is there anything i can do that can help me with the ptsd so i can focus on college and help my boyfriend heal from the wounds sustained from the accident.

Karen Young

To move through a trauma, sometimes it can be helpful to get outside support in the form of counselling or therapy. At the same time, try the strategies mentioned in the articles on this side to strengthen you.


Hello, I am 28years old…I am studying abroad doing a Masters programme. I just started it two months ago and moved countries as well. It is so different from the learning style I am used to in my country and I find it to require a lot of my mental energy. I have my doubting moments of my capabilities and have contemplated quitting but that is not me, I do not quit. I am constantly having tension headaches and always overwhelmed by even the simplest of assignments. Whenever I want to read, I find myself wanting to sleep instead or my brain just wanders off to other things. I just came across this, hope I can be able to practice some of the things.


Two years ago, at age 57, I began having panic attacks. I had no idea what was happening and therefore felt as if I was dying. I made my husband take me to the ER on 10 different occasions that first year. Each time I was cleared and told it was anxiety. I started on antidepressants and antianxiety drugs. I absolutely hate taking these drugs. Although the panic attacks stopped, I have anxiety on and off all the time. I found out that I have celiac’s disease, had neck fusion for 3 herniated discs, and started having high blood pressure. I really just want to go back to the person I was before the panic attacks. I was always so very happy and strong, but now I feel like a failure and worry about my health all the time. BTW, all this seemed to begin after a terrible bout of vertigo and I was prescribed 60mg predisone each day for 7 days. After the third day I was at the ER and so the journey began.


Maybe have your thyroid tested! I had similar symptoms as yours and it turns out I was hypothyroid.
In the mean time, be patient with yourself. I know what it’s like to have symptoms and no idea where they are coming from. It’s frustrating to not feel like yourself. This will pass, you will be okay.


I was attacked at knifepoint and my motorbike stolen outside my home 4 months ago. Have my bike returned all fixed now but having trouble riding again. Fear of it happening again is overwhelming.


I’m a 57 year old man I’m also an ex services man and up untill 18 months a go special needs teaching assistant when after 22 years I lost my job through a mistake in a classroom. I work partime as a casul driver for 3 day’s a week it’s not very sicure job and I was on antidepressants for 8 months but stopped taking them as my weight went up . I’m now at a time that the slightest thing can make me feel very depressed and anxious and I think the worst things are going to happen and if I not busy suicide dose come into my thoughts.
How can I get back to feeling positive about life again.


I’m a 30 year old male and I’ve always have had problems with change. I hate it when my routine is upset and everything in my life changes. For example, when I was a child, going back to school every September would stress me out so much that I would make myself sick. Sadly, this hasn’t improved much as I have gotten older. I’m on medication to control depression and anxiety and it helps for every day issues but when something big happens, it still knocks me for a loop. Anyone have any advice on how not to stress about the what-ifs of a new situation?


Generally i am suffering in counting my age i am 20 now and i am thinking on it all day that how i become 20 and in this year i will this year old and then started th
thinking about my past year that in 2004 i was that year old.. and i am unable to get rid of this thinking how can i get rid of this?


This is an absolutely wonderful article. Thank-you so much for writing it. I’ve been battling anxiety for a long time but had no idea I even had it until I had a nervous breakdown last July and have been unable to work ever since. I’m new to mindfulness and have been practicing and am definitely noticing a difference. I love how clear this list is and it reminded me of all the mindfulness practices I’m learning. I kind of want to print out this post so I can have it handy when I need it. 🙂 I’ve been researching anxiety quite extensively over the past few months and have written about my experiences and have put together my top 10 ways I like to deal with anxiety (Mindfulness is definitely on there) and would love your feedback. http://www.ruthpreston.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-anxiety-my-top-10-strategies-why-they-actually-work/
Thank-you again for this post. It’s absolutely incredible.


I have been through much trauma as a child and adolescent from sexual abuse to the death of my mother from cancer having to be the caretaker for her for years as a pre teen and teen. My parents split and I was taken to a different country. I developed an anxiety disorder early on. I have received counseling in the past. It is usually under check until something happens. I am going through a divorce and have moved out this week for the first time in 20 yrs. My ex and I are still good friends. We had been through a lot together with a failed adoption and other things. I also have a relationship with someone now. But I am very anxious and am having panic attacks. I have diarrhea and can’t eat. I miss my house and ex he wanted to retire and travel in a van and I was not ready to retire. In retrospect I am thinking that I am. The complication is that I Love the other person as well. My ex and I are more like brother and sister. This whole complicated mess is causing me so much stress and anxiety. I feel so lost and confused.


Hi Karen. I’ve struggled with anxiety on and off since I was a teenager. I’m now 25 years old and have been feeling very helpless and discouraged recently. I’m in a new relationship with a wonderful guy. However, my last relationship ended horribly. He was cheating on me for months and was basically living a double life. I have a lot of trust and abandonment issues because of it. Now, I have a lot of anxiety with my current relationship. I worry that I am not good enough or that he’s going to leave me. I can feel my anxiety get in the way of my relationship now and it makes me so frustrated. I am scared my anxiety is going to ruin my relationship because my thoughts and worries are so strong and so uncontrollable. This article helped me because I think that i have to approach this anxiety in a different way. I can’t fight these feelings anymore but have to realize that they’re going to pass. The more I fight these thoughts and try to analyze why I think this way the worse my anxiety gets. If you have any more tips, please let me know.


I ink I’ve suffered on and off most of my life, but the last 3years it’s getting worse. I’m just about to turn 50. Have blood test for the menopause because I’m an emmotianal wreck. I use to be strong and cope with stress and anxiety, now it feeds it. I need help but I can never express myself when I seek it. Suggestions please.

Kit h

I really like what you said about keeping yourself grounded and away from anxiety by focusing on your sense of feel, sight, sound, and so on. My sister has been working as a professional photographer for almost a decade. Surprisingly, she still gets anxiety attacks during both small and prestigious jobs. I will be sure to get him books that can guide her in staying grounded or anchored to help her out during these situations. This piece will be a great starting point for her for sure. Thanks!

Mark Murphy

I really appreciate your tip on how training your brain to calm itself down in times of anxiety takes a lot of time. My daughter told me that she has been experiencing some anxiety around starting high school, and she wants all of her worry to go away. I will be sure to tell her that it will take some time before her brain can calm itself down!


I found this really nice to read. I’m just starting to accept that I’ve been sufffering from anxiety for many years. I thought it was how everyone felt until now I’m realising my symptoms. It is mainly a fear of being alone, but only at night when it’s dark. I will sometimes stay awake with all the lights on, until I am so exhausted that I will be able to fall asleep. I’m soon to live on a farm in Iceland, and I’m terrified by the thought of the evenings and nights, even though there’s a family in a house very close. Would love some inputs, as I don’t know what to do.


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