- (02:45)…How often have you looked up the 5 things you can do right now to lower your
anxiety? We are naturally drawn to these because we feel so out of control and we want
anything to help us fight the anxiety NOW. But instructions are ‘now-focused.’ They do
not help us recover over the long term.
- (04:20)…If you’re in the early stages of recovery and crave the instant relief from the
instructions, that is okay. However, if you are a little further along your journey, you may
have already noticed that these instructions only offer temporary relief, they are not
sustainable. Tomorrow, you could be back on the internet, searching for more tips that
will make you feel better right ‘now.’
- (06:00)…When you seek out these prescriptive instructions again and again, you can
start to feel buried in them. Suddenly, you have certain breathing techniques you have to
do every day, you need grounding, mantras, oils, nature, calm smells, calm sounds, you
need to touch this thing or breathe in that thing or eat this thing. It gets to be too
- (08:15)…If you’re instruction based right now, you might be feeling overwhelmed,
frustrated or even discouraged because it feels like you’re never going to recover. You
keep doing the things, but the anxiety and panic just keeps coming back. What can you
do to have longer lasting results and get out of the cycle? – You’ve got to learn the
principles of anxiety and recovery.
- (10:40)…When we step back and try to understand what the nature of this disordered
anxiety really is, we can finally stop spinning on the hamster wheel of instructions.
- (12:05)…”Okay these sound right. I don’t like them, but they sound right. I’m going to
really embrace these principles, try to understand and I’m going to apply these things to
my own recovery journey. I’m going to step away from people telling me what I have to
do every minute of every day and I’m going to start to understand what I have to do so I
can do it myself.”
- (14:25)…It’s important to note that taking the principled approach to recovery means that
you’re going to have to take on a whole lot more responsibility. While that might seem
scary or even impossible, we have to acknowledge that learning and applying the
principles of recovery is what’s going to help you actually recover. Principles beat
instructions every time!
- (17:00)…Moral of the story? – If you’re feeling stuck on the treadmill and don’t feel like
you’re getting better, please do not give up. You are not broken. You did not fail. If you
are here, take a step back and start to think about how you can approach your recovery
a bit differently by learning and applying the principles of disordered anxiety and
recovery. It will make a great, big difference!
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