But that is just the beginning. Life is not about a lack of anxiety there is so much more than that.
Imagine a scale that goes from -10 through 0 to +10. A simplified version might look something like this:
-10 Extreme anxiety. Daily and debilitating panic attacks. Inability to function in a normal way.
-5 Strong feelings of anxiety and regular anxious thoughts, regular panic attacks
-2 General sense that something bad is going to happen. Frequent worrying, knots in stomach. Inability to relax. Difficulty in sleeping. Never really feeling happy or alive.
+2 Frequent flashes of optimism. Feeling more awake more of the time. Starting to feel that life is good.
+5 Feeling good most of the time. Bouncing back quickly from set backs. Finding it easy to smile.
+10 Feeling excited by life. Feeling optimistic, joyful and alive. Almost bouncing off the walls with contagious energy.
Over the last 25 years there has been a huge shift in the world of psychology. It’s called Positive Psychology and is defined as “the scientific study of what makes life most worth living.”
Living a happy, balanced and fulfilling life is the real key to overcoming anxiety.
When you’re living life with a purpose, when you know what your most important values are, when you’re living a life that fulfils you something magical happens. You feel happy and content.
Sure, there are still frustrations and challenges, they are part of life, but they don’t throw you off track. They don’t stop you from feeling happy.
When we work together in this way we don’t stop when the panic attacks stop. That’s when we start. That’s when we start to help you to build the life that you really want.