What a great thread, thanks everyone for sharing. I don't embrace anxiety (I want to poke it's eyes out!) but I know it's likely to turn up at some stage so when it does I try and be non-plussed. In my mind I offer it a slice of cake, a chair etc, basicly belittle it(CBT technique). Whenever I feel a panic attack coming on I start the mantra "you can't win, we have been through this before, I always win, so don't even bother". It really works!!!
Again, this is a great thread, if we can't stop anxiety, I think it helps to "go along" with it. The harder you fight the worse it gets.
I like that "you can't win"
My sister used to tell me, every time an attack comes say "Bring it on loser, I'll beat you down"
I used to laugh at that. I said it once out loud in my car and actually laughed out loud. My panic was pretty much gone with the laughing alone.
Any time in life we resistant anything it gets worse. It's like they say, if you're hit by a car and you see it coming, you'll probably break all the bones in your body b/c you're expecting it. If you're hit by a car from behind, you'll prob not break any bones, b/c you never see it coming and your body was not bracing for it.
The same rings true or the "hit" of an anxiety attack
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong in the broken places