I want to talk more about self-compassion and anxiety.
If your life is tainted with the constant dark filter of anxiety, that takes most of the joy and pleasure out of it, you need to hear me: you deserve better.
Please read again: you deserve better.
Please say it loud: I DESERVE BETTER.
No-one is coming to save you . You are your own savior.
You are your own worst enemy. You are also your own best friend.
You can experience life from a place of joy, gratitude, peace.
You will reach higher summits if you live from a place of love instead of a place of fear.
I know what your inner critic voice is telling you: "pfff, lalaland talking. I have succeeded because I push myself hard, because I prep for any worst case scenario, because I am never complacent with myself, because I keep under control everything I can, because I am hyper rational. My anxiety is actually the source of my success. It makes me go above and beyond and secure my results."
I know, I have heard the same voice in my head. I believed it too.
It is how your sabotaging thoughts keep the control, letting fear be your North Star.
There is another path. A path that starts with self-compassion. with kindness.
When you feel the physical signs of anxiety in your body, when you catch the anxious thoughts and emotions, I invite you to pause, and take a deep breath. Inhale deeply through your mouth and exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat as needed.
What is a kind thought and gesture you can extend to yourself in this moment? What would you tell your child, niece, best friend?
Please, I insist, give it a try. Self-compassion is a first step on the path to set free of anxiety. I have walked this path before you. I will walk it with you if you want support in your journey to set free of anxiety.
You deserve better.