Anxiety thrives on doubt. What if the plane crashes? What if I offended that person I was talking to at the party? What if my coworkers think I don't know what I'm doing? What if the fork at the restaurant wasn't properly cleaned? What if I hit someone while I was driving? What if I'm screwing up my kids? What if my anxiety never gets better?
There are a many factors that go into how quickly a person feels some relief from anxiety once they start treatment. One of the most crucial factors, one that seems to go the furthest in facilitating reduction of distress, is PRACTICE--that is, being willing to work hard and do exposure exercises often.
What is a cycle? It’s something that happens over and over again, right? If you struggle with anxiety, you know all too well the feeling of being trapped in this cycle and being unable to get rid of your anxiety. You feel at odds with your own brain. It's crucial to see this cyclical pattern for what it is in order to do anything about it.
So how does anxiety trap us? It’s a sneaky old thing. Here’s a simple explanation: