How I Stopped Fighting Anxiety

by Andrea Debbink

When I hear people talk about anxiety, I notice the same words over and over: fight, crush, battle. I know this type of language is meant to empower people. After all, it’s only natural to see anxiety as an enemy in our minds, a villain that needs to be defeated. It sure acts like one.

I spent most of my life fighting anxiety. But I don’t anymore.

When anxious thoughts and feelings arise, anxiety itself tells us that we have only two options: fight or flight. So we either go to battle against our thoughts or we pursue distractions. But there’s a third option besides fight or flight, and it took me decades to find it…

(Read the rest of the blog post at The Art of Simple.)