If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone: over 40 million people in the United States also suffer from anxiety, and 48 percent cope with occasional insomnia. With our fast-paced lives, ever-increasing information overload, and the relentless attempt to keep up and achieve, anxiety has become a common condition. And many of us grew up in families where we were pressured to fit in or were told that we weren’t good enough, leading to persistent feelings of unworthiness. Actually, most people that I know struggle with anxiety and a harsh inner critic, but we often try to cover this up out of shame and isolation.
Anxiety may be showing up in your life as persistent worry and fear, repetitive negative thoughts, debilitating panic that causes you to avoid situations, or physical distress. The good news is that therapy can help you to understand the causes of your anxiety, and learn to respond rather to react to common stressors, thoughts and feelings. Bringing compassion to your attempts to deal with this difficult condition may bring you relief, allow you to live with more ease, and make choices that reflect your values and vision for your life.
The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.
– Pema Chodron