You can, starting right now, today.
Even if you suffer from disabling panic attacks or a severe anxiety disorder, I'm here to tell you that it's possible to overcome it.
I'm guessing that you're here now because you're at the point where you've had enough of constant worry, anxiety and fear … and you know in your heart that there must be an answer out there.
Whether you're bothered by relentless churning thoughts, paralyzing feelings of doom or gripped by truly heart-stopping panic attacks – or anything in between – anxiety is no fun. And ignoring it or trying to pretend it's not there … well, that rarely works, and more likely will just lead to aggravation of the problem.
Anxiety feeds on itself …
… symptoms such as a racing heart, a feeling of not quite being able to get enough breath, lying awake night after night and never getting a decent rest … these are worrisome problems in themselves, as well as often leading to medical issues that can get more and more complex to fix.
So what can you do to stop anxiety?
There are different ways to look at anxiety, and they all have their place. In general, you can think of anxiety as an imbalance of brain chemicals (the medical model), or as a result of dysfunctional thinking (the psychological view).
The medical viewpoint is that anxiety is a mental health issue. Usually, that means your doctor (or psychiatrist) will treat your anxiety with medication.
Medications for anxiety do have a useful role. But medication on its own is rarely enough …
And never forget: medication is fast, easy, and very profitable for drug companies, so it's become the most widely used treatment.
If you don't want to use medication, there are also natural anxiety remedies that can be very effective in balancing your brain chemistry – without the nasty side-effects.
There are also psychological approaches to overcoming anxiety. For example: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – CBT – for anxiety.
Here at Overcoming Your Anxiety we see some value in all of these approaches. We like to think of anxiety as a normal human response that for some reason is getting triggered too readily, and we aim to give you all the information you need to find one or more approaches that works for you.
However you look at it, anxiety is something you don't want to live with … and you don't have to.