‘The more I try, the difficult it gets’
Sounds familiar, right? Yes, you are a part of the wide community of people who suffer from highly prevalent chronic anxiety that can manifest itself in various ways like social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and chronic worrying.
You always try to avoid situations that may provoke anxiety but it gets worse. And as a result what do you do? You blame yourself and call yourself a ‘weak, coward fearful or a stupid person.’ Do you realize what you have done? You have further deteriorated your own condition by adding an extra burden of negativity on your mind by labeling your own self. Slowly, this label becomes a part of your identity and you cannot go beyond it.
So what exactly is the correct approach of dealing with anxiety? Remember, the real problem is not associated with negatively labeling yourself but it’s actually using wrong methods to overcome your anxiety. Suppose you want to swim but there are high waves at the shore. What would you do? You would instantly think that it’s better to play safe and stay away from such a dangerous situation. Hence, you would follow your gut instinct and stay away from the beach.
But honestly think for a moment, is avoidance always a solution to the problems? Does your gut instinct always tell you the right thing? How would you ever learn to face difficult circumstances if you keep on avoiding them? You have been continuously practicing avoidance techniques for so long but your fear has not diminished. So for a change, why not try a different strategy? Why not face our fears heads on and overcome them? The solution to anxiety always lies in tackling the feared object heads on.
But remember, it may not be as easy as it seems. You will need to practice relaxation techniques during your encounter with the feared object and hence you may require professional assistance. And that’s not an issue because Pukaar has your back! Pukaar comprises of competent and experienced psychologists who specialize in treating anxiety so don’t hesitate to contact Pukaar if you need any sort of psychological assistance.
Written by: Rida Irfan