Confession: I read a lot of other people’s blog posts about anxiety.
To be honest, even though most are complete strangers, it makes me feel connected in a way I can’t find elsewhere. I feel like we all share in something – something awful, but special – something that only if you’ve lived through it could you ever understand.
Some people are just beginning their journey with anxiety, while others have been hammering away at it for years, trying to figure out how to help themselves.
This is my question: How long does it take to heal?
This is my answer: No one knows.
Some people find that one thing that really works for them. Some people search and even try what feels like hundreds of things, but nothing has quite clicked yet.
It makes me upset when I see people giving up on themselves, or being hard on themselves, all because they need more time than the next person.
Look, it took me the better part of 10 years to get the hang of this thing. Am I healed? I don’t know. I know that I’m helped, I know that I’m capable of helping myself. I know I’m more in control of that part of me than I’ve ever been. I know it feels good.
Maybe that’s the point. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be ‘better forever’, but that doesn’t exist. With anxiety there is going to be ups and downs, all we can do is learn to manage it – in however much time it takes.
How long have you been at it for?
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