Tip #101: Believe you can, and you will.
The why: There is an old phrase I love that goes: “If you believe you can, you’re already halfway there.”
In regards to overcoming anxiety or any kind of adversity, it could not be more true.
If you think that you will never get better, that you’ll always have anxiety, that you’ll never be happy, you have given up on yourself. And when you give up on yourself, you naturally won’t take the steps required to change, as you will see it as a fruitless exercise.
It’s easy to do. You may have a relapse, a particularly dark week, you may not see yourself progressing quick enough, and suddenly you give up hope that you can recover.
But the thing that’s gotten me through times where everything seemed hopeless is an unwavering belief that I will get better.
An unwavering trust in myself.
It’s hard to hold on to, and sometimes hope slips through the fingers as though it’s covered in butter, but you have to keep that grip tight. Wrap your entire body around it, and don’t let go.
Whenever you’re feeling like hope is escaping, or you’ve had a bad day, or you’re close to giving up, repeat after me:
“I trust in myself.”
What that tells your brain is: “We are going to be fine, this is transient, we will get better, we can do this.” That is a very powerful thing. If your brain is causing your anxiety, then it stands to reason that it is your brain that can help overcome it.
If you believe you can get better, if you believe you can overcome anxiety, if you believe that things will change, that is the first step on the road to recovery.
Now obviously, believing in yourself is unfortunately not a miracle cure for anxiety.
However, as cliche, as it sounds, having a positive attitude definitely has a strong impact on your recovery.
So, dear reader, it’s time to take a leap of faith. Trust in yourself.