How do we train our brains to overcome depression and anxiety? If we think we can cure (remove the symptoms) then we could be setting out on a path to failure (increased depressed and anxious feelings). Being aware, observing our feelings as they arise, seems to work for most people. Here’s a blog from someone living with depression and anxiety and the story of a plane flight. She did really well. I celebrated with her.
I had an epiphany.
No, wait, please don’t go! I promise it’s not as lame as it sounds.
Last week, I got on a plane and flew hundreds of miles to see 15 people I’ve known via World of Warcraft for just shy of two years. As someone who struggles with social anxiety, it was terrifying and exhilarating.
But my epiphany began on the plane, specifically when it first started to move away from the gate, and my carefully crafted facade of calm shattered into a million shards. We were merely taxiing through LAX and I felt like I was about to have a heart attack as the stewardesses were finishing up their safety routine. My face had that queasy, loose feeling you get when you know all the blood’s been drained out of it.
I was at a crossroads.
As I clutched my armrest, wondering idly if I’d get…
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