"If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill.
when something makes us uncomfortable or anxious, our first response is
to retreat. It's a natural response, but often not a helpful one.
Sometimes you really do have to face that fear. This is especially true
for people with anxiety disorders, because what has us worked up is
usually not jumping out of an airplane or staring down a man-eating
shark. It's more likely to be something like driving during rush-hour
traffic, standing in a long line at the grocery store, meeting someone
new, or speaking in front of a group.
allow ourselves to retreat from these everyday things because they make
us anxious or even stir a panic attack, we allow our world to shrink.
We avoid going out for fear of facing these things. The real problem is that the anxiety is within us. It is not out there in the cold cruel world
that we are retreating from. So when we hide at home or avoid stressful
places, eventually we find that the anxiety is still right there with
us. It still finds a way to come out. Then we begin finding new triggers
and new things to avoid. Our worlds continue to shrink, and this
viscious cycle can cause more stress and more anxiety.
where old Mr. Churchill's words of wisdom come into play. We've seen
that freedom from anxiety does not lie in retreating. You're going
through Hell so the last thing that you want to do is stop and just stay
where you are. So you're left with one option, keep going. Move forward
until you're out of the flames.