How many self-help books have you read about anxiety, panic, or self-improvement? If you’re like most people who visit self-improvement blogs, probably a lot. You probably read so many of those books because, first, you want to get better and, second, they didn’t work. At least they didn’t work like they promised. You’re not anxiety free; you didn’t get your dream job; and you didn’t become the most popular person in your neighborhood.
Don’t Look For A Panic Cure
So you really want to get better but you’re not sure where to start. To really begin to change, throw away the idea of “the cure.” Quick fixes don’t work: they ignore the complexity of life, oversimplify mental health challenges, and sell simple solutions. I can guarantee that if life were that simple, my job as a clinical psychologist would be gone tomorrow.
Am I just being negative? No, because the number one problem I see as a therapist is people struggling to stick with a program of change, whether it’s therapy or self-help. Most people give up because they are looking at change as a sprint and not a marathon. Because of this, they discount the small but meaningful changes they made every day in search for a “cure.”
Start With Small Steps
But there are lots of things you can start doing today. The most valuable thing is to learn more about panic and how it affects you. Understanding it more and recognizing your patterns is key to beginning the change process. In fact, knowing what is going on and understanding yourself in a deeper way is healing. You can also use that knowledge to start dealing with your panic more effectively. Don’t ask, “How can I cure my panic?” Tell yourself, “I’m going to do something today, even right now.”
4 Steps To Recover From Panic
My free guide isn’t a promise or a guarantee or a cure. It won’t make you anxiety free; it won’t land you your dream job; it won’t even get you invited to your neighbors for dinner (well, maybe if you get the courage to talk to them). This guide will . . .
- help you to recognize how much you are fixated on your panic symptoms
- explain safety behaviors and help you find your worst ones
- teach you breathe in a way that tames panic
- help you confront those ridiculous thoughts
I hope I have given you at least some reason to start working on small changes and to ditch the idea of the quick fix. If you want to take this journey with the help of a seasoned clinical psychologist, then download my guide and get started. Remember, small steps claim big mountains.