My Anxiety Is Holding Me Back

My Anxiety Is Holding Me Back

This is hard. I know my anxiety is holding me back.

My goal with this blog is to give advice or to present tips on how to overcome obstacles; whether it’s being an introvert or having anxiety, or parenting. Or a combination of any or all of the above.

But I’m nowhere near where I want to be.

I’ve written posts about imposter syndrome (which is very real and more common than you think). I struggle with it daily. I try to be confident, and I’m trying to grow as a person.

But it’s hard.

Struggling With Self Doubt

From the outside, it might seem like everything is fine, but internally, anxiety can wreak havoc on one’s confidence and self-esteem. I’ve often found myself second-guessing my abilities, questioning whether I’m good enough or capable of achieving my goals.

This constant self-doubt has made it difficult to take risks or pursue opportunities that could lead to growth and fulfillment.

Fear of Failure

One of the most paralyzing aspects of anxiety is the fear of failure. The thought of falling short or making mistakes can be crippling, preventing us from even trying.

This one of the absolute biggest reasons why my anxiety is holding me back.

I’ve missed out on numerous opportunities because the fear of not succeeding overshadowed any potential for success. This fear of failure has held me back from pursuing my passions wholeheartedly, keeping me stuck in a cycle of stagnation and regret.

Overthinking Every Decision

Simple decisions become monumental tasks when you’re constantly overanalyzing every possible outcome. Anxiety has a way of magnifying the smallest of choices, making them seem insurmountable.

I’ve spent countless hours weighing the pros and cons of even the most trivial decisions, afraid of making the wrong choice and facing the consequences. This overthinking has led to indecision and missed opportunities, further exacerbating my anxiety and sense of helplessness.

Avoidance as a Coping Mechanism

Oof. Story of my life. Another huge reason my anxiety is holding me back.

When faced with situations that trigger my anxiety, my natural inclination is to avoid them altogether. Whether it’s social gatherings, public speaking, or challenging tasks, avoidance becomes a coping mechanism to shield myself from discomfort.

However, this avoidance only serves to reinforce my anxiety, making it even more difficult to confront my fears in the future. It’s a vicious cycle that perpetuates the hold anxiety has over me.

Seeking Help and Finding Coping Strategies:

Despite the challenges posed by anxiety, I refuse to let it dictate the course of my life.

Over the years, I’ve struggled a lot with finding someone to help. I keep telling myself I’m going to go to a professional for help, but I keep finding new excuses why I can’t (won’t).

There is no excuse! This is the year I finally go. I’m using online-therapy.com to get help. It’s super easy, it’s 100% online, and you can choose whether you want to do live video calls, audio only, or even just live chat.

The best part is, they have financial aid; it took me 30 seconds to apply and get instantly approved for financial aid based on my income. ( Regardless of income level, use promo code THERAPY20 to save 20% on all plans).

Seriously, please go check out online-therapy.com.

While there’s no quick fix for anxiety, I’ve discovered coping strategies that help me manage its symptoms and regain a sense of control.

One of the most powerful tools in my arsenal has been acceptance.

Accepting that anxiety is a part of who I am, but it doesn’t define me or determine my worth. By acknowledging my anxiety and learning to coexist with it, I’ve been able to lessen its grip on my life. I, like all of us, just need a little help sometimes.

Final Thought

Anxiety is a formidable adversary, but it’s not insurmountable. By acknowledging its presence, seeking support, and implementing coping strategies, I’m gradually reclaiming control over my life.

While I can acknowledge that my anxiety is holding me back, I know it won’t always be that way.

The journey is far from easy, every step forward is a testament to my resilience and determination to not let anxiety hold me back. If you’re struggling with anxiety, know that you’re not alone, and there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.

As fellow introverts, let’s unite. (Separately).

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