Saturday, December 22, 2012

Update: How to Deal with Anxiety

I figure it's time for an update.

I haven't posted here in ages, for a couple reasons: I haven't had much to say, and I'm currently tapering off of anxiety medicine, which has the exact effect you'd expect: lots of anxiety. My two excuses kind of go hand in hand; I've been focusing on keeping my calm moreso than digging for insights, or helping out at Truth Strike.

While I'm not completely off the meds yet, I do believe I've found enough ways of dealing with the panic that I can get back on track with this freeing people business, and dig myself out of this lazy muck I've fallen into. I'm almost excited.

Now while this whole ordeal has highlighted the limitations of no-self (it's not magic, emotional states are still subject to brain chemistry), it has also shown it's strengths. The main one is that it still stands; even if my emotional stability, clarity, and sense of well-being go away in the midst of a full blown panic attack, they always return, and always will. Gives me something to look forward to.

Anyway, onto the nugget I've found. This has gotten me through even the worst panic attacks, to such extent that I can drive during one, fall asleep during one, even hang out with friends and carry on a calm conversation during one.

I didn't come up with this, so I'll link you the original article. It's novella-sized, but it's greatly worth it if you've got ongoing anxiety:

The summary of this is: Ignore the panic. Ignore the anxiety (as long as it's just irrational anxiety, of course). Go through life "pretending" that everything is alright, living as you would if you weren't freaking out. This "tricks" your brain into actually thinking everything is alright (which it is), and over time you become much less reactive to the panic. It begins to fade.

This has helped me a ton, hope it helps you if you've got similar issues.