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Dec
15

ANXIETY DISORDERS/WORKING THROUGH THE RECOVERY: MAKING ALLOWANCES

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Making allowances is not giving in; it is working with the disorder. Doing nothing is giving in. In the early stages of recovery, making allowances helps us to reduce the amount of pressure we feel. Making allowances indefinitely means we are not putting ourselves under enough pressure!

Another example of an allowance is breaking down the time we know we will have to spend in any given situation. It may be a business meeting, it may be an evening with friends, it may be doing the shopping. It could be anything.

If we know something will take two hours, work with the first hour first. Don’t even think about the second hour. If it is too difficult and our anxiety level doesn’t settle down, we can leave after the first hour. Usually by the second hour we are not even aware the first hour is over, because we have become involved with what we are doing, and not with the anxiety and attacks.

In the beginning there may be times when we feel we will have to leave a situation. If it becomes too difficult to manage, then leave, not with a sense of failure, but accepting that this time it was too difficult. A sense of failure defeats us, not only in the short term but also in the long term. Accept it and let go of the worrying. There will be other times when we will be able to do it as long as we keep practising.

We become ultra-sensitive to ourselves, and tend to think other people’s reactions towards us are as intensified as our own. In fact, a situation which we consider devastating is either unnoticed by other people or is quickly forgotten by them. Don’t add unnecessary stress by worrying about what people have thought or will think. It is not important. Recovery is.

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