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how do i learn to accept my anxiety?

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Last Updated: 11/19/2019 at 7:50am
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May 15th, 2015 8:51pm
I learned to accept my anxiety mainly through time. Anxiety has taken a lot out of me and caused a lot of bad things to happen in my life, but I've learned a lot from it and I'm able to help others deal with their anxiety as well connect with them and share a mutual experience. Using what I've dealt with to reach out to others helped me to accept my anxiety, although it took a long time and I'm still not always comfortable with it. This is just how I've learned to accept it, and I'm sure there are other ways, but that sort of thing could definitely be useful.
March 24th, 2015 8:05pm
I would like to you to learn about Acceptance and Commitment therapy. According to the theory instead of running away or constantly trying to find a solution to the problem, We should learn to accept it. There is a training course available on the same. You can check this link-
September 12th, 2016 7:34pm
I don't judge myself and sometimes I give myself permission to feel anxious and know it is not permanent. I also remember I am not alone and that many people struggle with anxiety.
September 28th, 2015 7:53pm
By knowing that it will get better and that every day you are getting better; the question isn't accepting it, you should never have to live with something that makes you unhappy and have trouble functioning, it's more accepting the fact you need to get through it and find a solution.
November 30th, 2015 6:14am
Be calm about it.You don't have to think too much.It can make you unique.It's okay,and I'm her to support.#angelstarshineknows
December 13th, 2016 10:54pm
Accepting a part of who we are, whether we like it or we don't, is a huge step in a positive direction. Radical acceptance can be very difficult skill to master. In my experience with anxiety I found that it is there for a reason. It may not always be rational to others but my anxiety is protecting me from harm. I suggest not judging your anxiety or condemning it for being there. Try looking for the cause and see if making a change in your actions or thoughts can help.
April 20th, 2015 6:26pm
You just really learn how to deal with it better. Learn what makes you anxious and take steps on becoming better at handling it.
May 4th, 2015 1:02am
First of all, you have to understand that anxiety is just a fear and condition you have at this present time. And it's just pointless to be overwhelmed by the fact that you have it.
July 13th, 2015 10:46pm
Personally, my diagnosis made me learn to accept my anxiety and my depression, researching and understanding it also really helped because I knew about it and how to manage it more :)
August 17th, 2015 8:01pm
I learnt how to accept my anxiety by looking through anxiety information and identifying the side effects that related to me. After this I was able to accept that I have anxiety and look into self help strategies like breathing techniques to reduce my feelings of anxiety
September 7th, 2015 2:54am
Its hard to suffer from anxiety and to understand it fully. If you are having trouble dealing with acceptance of it, perhaps speaking with a counselor or therapist can help you with deal with your feelings.
November 30th, 2015 5:07am
Before accepting your anxiety, you should be able to understand it. For that you need to understand yourself totally. What are your positive and negative points. Try to accept what you are not and try to learn maximum from your experiences. When you try to convert your negativity to positive energy, automatically you are accepting your anxiety and you are going to be fine very soon.
December 1st, 2015 7:02am
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That's a natural law accepted worldwide. Anxiety is never an action, it is always a reaction. Even in cases of anxiety due to no work, sitting idle is the cause of that anxiety. So, acceptance to any kind of anxiety would come when one realises that the cause of the anxiety is also a part of one's life. One should accept and acknowledge the cause(behind the anxiety) and take it like every other thing one has in one's life. Accepting a reaction when you have already accepted the action is easy and very much comprehensible.
December 1st, 2015 9:18pm
Accepting your anxiety happens through a series of steps. You must first understand it. Then you must try to manage it. Managing it and accepting it can come hand-in-hand. However, you may need to manage it before you can accept it.
January 19th, 2016 10:21pm
I don't believe that one can really accept it. Learning to live with it, realizing what coping skills may help you get through it, and understanding how it may effect your life may be things to look into. For example, I do not think that I will ever be able to accept my anxiety. I can, however, steer clear of things that trigger my anxiety and work on self-care to help myself when anxiety sparking moments happen.
February 23rd, 2016 3:27am
You just have to learn that it something you got to work on to control it. It is something everybody has once in their life.
April 10th, 2018 6:35pm
There are many ways of dealing with anxiety, but the most effective as noted by experts is breathing. Deep breathing not only enriches the blood and body it soothes the soul. Start simply just letting your diaphragm naturally relax and contract filling your lungs with life-giving air. When you have this under control, there are ways you can time your breaths for desired effects. For example, I find inhaling to a count of four, holding it for another four, then exhaling for another four to be very effective and relaxing; it often puts me to sleep if I'm relaxed enough lol Blessed be
July 2nd, 2018 1:38am
Accepting anxiety can be difficult. Everyone can get anxious about something, people with anxiety just experience it on a deeper level. In my experience, anxiety has helped me to empathize with people when they feel worry. I consider mine as part of who I am and I'd probably be lost without it really, I use the rush of feeling anxious to put energy into my performing. Though anxiety is a burden, it can help you to understand your own emotions and others on a deeper level since when people have anxiety some of them tend to analyze a lot, both when they're worrying, and when they're figuring out ways to cope with anxiety. I hope this makes sense.
September 13th, 2018 3:38pm
You can learn to accept your anxiety by first understanding it. Why it is there, what triggers it and what helps with it. A lot of people will feel anxiety at some point of their lives and it is important to remember it is completely normal to experience this and it will not last forever. That being said it is ok to seek help with your anxiety if you are feeling like you can not cope with or accept the anxiety that you feel. Also time is a big factor when it comes to accepting this, don't try to rush acceptance, be patient. It is ok to not want to accept your anxiety.
November 19th, 2019 7:50am
You need to have this mindset that you want to help yourself. Focus on your breathing. Breath deeply and exhale slowly. Exhaling is associated with relaxation and practice mindfulness exercises( Stop overthinking, it is harmful. Write your thoughts down! It will release the pressure you feel and it will help you gain emotional freedom. Take your time and practice when you don't feel anxious to prepare yourself and to raise awareness about the steps you need to take when you actually do experience anxiety. Listen to relaxing music, practice yoga, share with others, you might find out something useful. Take care of yourself!