Posted 2/23/2014 1:57 PM (GMT -7)
Sometimes, when I think about the use of the word "cure," I find metaphors.
Why can't there be a "cure" for dental decay so we don't lose our teeth? Well, there is a way to increase our favour, but it means attention must be paid daily to our oral hygiene, not just rely on the twice/yearly visit to the oral hygeinist for two annual teeth cleanings,....we need to be on a self-maintenance program of taking care of ourselves.
Why can't there be a "cure" for having indigestion? Well, there is a way to increase our favour, but it means we have to be willing to make a choice to avoid foods that are triggers, and perhaps take medication to keep it in check so we can take care of ourselves.
Why can't there be a "cure" to some forms of lethargy and obesity? Well, there is a way to increase our favour, but it means we have to want to eat healthful foods and exercise daily,--want it more than we want the donuts and drive-thru.
(I emphasize "some" forms because there are diseases out there that affect this result that truly are beyond our self control, and I do not want to generalize).
So when I think: Why can't there be a "cure" for anxiety? Well,...there is a way to increase our favour, but it does involve doing things, sometimes several things, that aren't always comfortable. Sometimes the things that aid in our managing our anxiety to level off those peaks and valleys involve things like medication, and/or therapy, and/or exercise, and/or yoga, and/or meditation, and/or CBT, and/or setting time aside daily for our "maintenance routine" in practicing our breathing and coping skills.
If we expect something magical to take away a feeling that is natural, (albeit heightened in so many of us here), we'll get ourselves more frustrated and more anxious.
We are all a being in the process. This is not the end of our road. We are always in a position to try at least one new thing if we want to saddle up and ride this anxiety monster instead of letting it ride us.