Have you ever felt at your wits end with anxiety?
We’ve all been there when it feels like there’s no point and we’ve just had enough! It’s hardly surprising because we all know how difficult it is to live with anxiety. I know, I’ve been there, and I remember the frustration, the despair and the depression too. You’re not alone, and today I want to share with you some answers to questions on how to move forward when reaching your wits end.
It’s all in the breath!
When was the last time you actually stood back, took yourself out of your situation and just concentrated on you breath? You’d be surprised just how few people take some time out of their day just for themselves. But there are many benefits to mindful breathing exercises including inducing a calm and relaxed state, assists in letting go of negativity, bring inner peace. In fact Jon Kabat-Zinn, the internationally acclaimed mindfulness guru clearly points out the powerful connection between meditation and breathing in his books, “The breath is the current connecting body and mind…It is the current of life.”
You can watch a clip of him talk about mindfulness in the YouTube video below and in the link above, you will see one of his seminal books. Check out Eckhart Tolle ‘The Power of Now‘ for more about mindfulness.
It’s good to talk!
Sometimes the best remedy to any crisis is just an understanding ear of someone who has already wore the shoes you’re currently wearing. Support group that are peer led are an excellent means to seek advice, support and guidance when in an hour of need. Personally I run a support group in my local area for people who live with OCD. It has been one of the most valuable resources in my entire recovery journey, and I recommend you search for one in your area.
Then again, not all of us are comfortable telling what would be strangers our struggles, our secrets and even discussing our deepest, darkest intrusive thoughts. Others may find solace in talking to family, or friends and I recommend talking to anyone who you feel comfortable with. The one thing I cannot advise, is to just keep it all to yourself. There is simply nothing more emotionally destructive as that. So talk to someone..don’t be alone!