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How do I accept trying to get rid of my anxiety when it feels like such a big part of me?

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Last Updated: 05/22/2018 at 1:23pm
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Top Rated Answers
thantophobiaxo
July 13th, 2015 1:42am
Find something to replace it with. Ease into acceptance. Don't try to rush it because it'll only complicate things, just take it on day by day and try and find things that'll help you let go of it. For instance walks and getting out more.
YuukiKuran1996
August 16th, 2016 12:07pm
Think about how your life would be without anxiety ... Would it be better or worse ? Would you be happier ? :)
Anonymous
November 14th, 2016 7:01am
A big part of getting over my own anxiety was owning that I am an anxious person with out it being a negative ridiculing thought. You may never get rid of anxiety completely but the goal should be to less anxious moments and celebrating the moments you aren't bogged down with anxiety as the big personal victories they are.
Anonymous
February 9th, 2015 8:08am
It will always be a part of you. You don't have to try to accept it. Acceptance isn't about trying, just let go and drift away with the breeze of worries and swim in the oceans of dread. It is you, who you are, what you are. A little worry is good, I'd say, since it keeps us from making mistakes. We just need a little between being a little anxious to feeling like the world's gonna end at any moment. You don't have to get rid of it. : )
DipityEnigma
June 9th, 2015 5:37pm
Think of your anxiety as an intruder; an unwanted person in your life who's controlling you. Think of them as someone who wants to destroy you and take everything you have from you. Now think of them being in your head; not just in your life but in your mind itself. It's an unwanted presence that can only be removed if you truly believe in yourself and fight back. Don't get scared, get angry. Tell it you will not allow it to control you and no matter how bad it gets, never let it take control. This might sound a little unorthodox but it most certainly works for me on a huge scale.
Greatlistener87
December 4th, 2015 1:43am
To heal from anxiety takes alot of time and effort. Always remember to take it 1 step at a time and along the way you might fall back into it but it does not matter always remember to pick your self up and try again this is because the only time you loose is when you quit.
Anonymous
January 23rd, 2017 1:59pm
Sometimes it seems like parts of ourselves, or our reactions to things, are such an integral part of our very self, that it is frightening to try and picture what or how we would be without it. Sometimes we even begin to rely on parts of ourselves that we know are not the healthiest. And sometimes, it has become such a huge part inside, that the idea of trying to root it out sounds too daunting to even try. For whatever reason, you are faced with a choice. Do you want to stay where you are, and continue feeling this way? Or do you want to be free of it and it's control over you? If you do decide that you want to be free, then you have come a big part of the way. The decision to change is an important one. To risk working hard, not being sure of the outcome... it's a big deal. How will you function? What will your reactions now be like? Who will you be? Well, without anxiety, the answer seems to be... better. Freer, braver, lighter, happier, calmer, the more at peace version of you. If that is something you wish to try to achieve, then seek qualified help. And keep trying until you find it. As you discover who you really were underneath it all... my bet is you will be surprised by how familiar and good the emerging you will seem to yourself, and then acceptance will take care of itself. And one day your empathy for those with anxiety might even be like your super power. You might choose to do a lot of good helping others find their way out.
Anonymous
April 4th, 2017 11:38am
I don't think there is a way to get rid of anxiety however, I think accepting help and learning to control it are two of the most important factors of dealing with it. I think finding your happy place and learning how to ground yourself is so important!
soothingmermaid91
April 4th, 2017 11:36pm
Instead of thinking of anxiety as part of you, think of anxiety as a feeling you experience. You will always get anxious, in certain situations, but what you can control is realizing when you are experiencing anxiety and how to cope. By doing this you have accepted a healthy level of being anxious when your body needs to be in an appropriate method while not losing a part of yourself.
Higherself
May 1st, 2017 10:36pm
By acknowledging that acceptance give you freedom. Feel it all and let yourself be free. Now you are not working against it but with it. With that sense of relief you'll be able to focus your energy not fighting the old but building the new.
Anonymous
August 14th, 2017 7:58am
You really just have to know that whatever disorder you have, even one such as Anxiety, doesn't make you entirely who you are as a whole. It's not who you are as an individual. Anxiety isn't you or vice versa.
Anonymous
January 8th, 2018 3:05am
The goal shouldn't be to get rid of your anxiety. That would be like trying to get rid of happiness or sadness. These emotions and feelings are hardwired and part of the human condition. Rather it may be helpful to observe and understand your anxiety objectively through mindfulness so that it does not play such a dominant role in your daily life.
kindHand56
May 22nd, 2018 1:23pm
You don't really ever get rid of it, you just overcome it. Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary, but that's where you'll notice growth and it's a place where you'll feel happy because you are making changes, and you will soon realize that your anxiety was stopping you from doing stuff that you know deep down you want to do, all it's doing is stopping you from achieving your dreams! Hope I have helped you in some way.