Anxiety is a liar, a convincing one at that. It not only whispers words of negativity into our ears, but it also has the ability to affect our bodies. It can make us feel weak both mentally and physically, all the while manipulating us into thinking that we don’t deserve to be happy.
Oftentimes, anxiety has a way of stripping us of our self-confidence. It can make simple, every day activities seem like the most difficult things in the world to accomplish. It can make us question our talents and abilities as well as our self-worth. Anxiety can seem impossible to overcome. While others are telling us to just get up and do what we need to do, and make it as if it’s unbelievably simple, we feel like that is far from the truth. We feel stuck and paralyzed, unable to see past the clouds of fear.
So if fear and anxiety is a convincing liar that seems almost impossible to beat, what do we do? We tell ourselves the truth and if that doesn’t work, we show ourselves the truth. We take every opportunity we can to tell ourselves and show ourselves that unlike what our anxiety tries to tell us, we are capable of overcoming our obstacles.
For most of us who deal with anxiety, negative thoughts have become a pattern or habit that is hard to break. Somewhere along the line we got caught in a cycle of mistrust in ourselves and our abilities. Instead of constantly allowing anxiety to tell us lies, we need to tell ourselves the truth: that we are capable of getting through our anxiety and that we are stronger than it. It may take a while for our minds and bodies to accept, but with hard work, we will soon repair the damage that anxiety has caused.