To continue with my post series on Facing the Fear—of Panic Attacks, I delve into my experience with graduation ceremonies. This has been a rollercoaster experience for me and I hope it inspires you to take action against your own fears.
It's just as important to keep your mental health in check as it is to keep your physical health in check. If you aren't taking care of your mind, you could very well end up with a sniff neck, like yours truly.
I haven't posted about anxiety in awhile. I think it's just because I've been doing well, so it's not really crossed my mind as much. Instead of overthinking things daily or bi-daily (if that's a word), it only happens when I'm doing something completely new.
Before I started seeing a CBT therapist, I had a tendency to have really bad days and really good days.
On really bad days, I'd feel entirely hopeless and shut myself off from the world. On really good days, I'd believe that I'd never have a bad day ever again. The problem was, I did have really bad days afterwards and they hit harder because I did nothing to prevent them. I'd have a good day and forget I was ever sad.
Just like fitness, you have to keep working at it.
If you take just one thing away from my rant, let it be this: Talk to girls and boys about sexuality. Not just theirs, but of the opposite sex, too. If you have a daughter, son, or a younger sister or brother, don't just sit them down one time to tell them what a condom is. Open up a dialogue that can be returned to at any time about sexuality and sexual health.
CBT teaches us the idea that anxiety occurs through an event or trigger which leads to a belief which then causes consequence(s). We do not have control over events or triggers, but what we do with such is very important.
Through CBT, I've learned about the different kind of beliefs—healthy and unhealthy and I am working on turning my unhealthy beliefs into healthy ones.
Anxiety is a topic I will be covering frequently in my blogs since it is something I deal with personally. This is my first post about it with an emphasis in being optimistic and proactive every day to achieve your mind and body goals.