With so many years behind me now, of being in touch with the community of people experiencing anxiety disorders, I can say with some certainty that most of us prefer an easy route. So we wait to find one…
And who wouldn’t?
You have every right to decide when, where and how you will approach your dealings with anxiety.
Yet I would humbly suggest: Don’t wait endlessly, in fear, for the perfect answer or a magic pill.
So many of us have complained that this or that program didn’t “cure” us.
Or we procrastinate, fearing to try ANYTHING! I understand. It’s scary!
But every step we take–no matter how tiny, no matter how imperfect–brings us closer to healing.
And do we have to be “perfectly cured, perfectly normal” to have a worthwhile life? After much contemplation, I believe it’s simply not the only goal. You can live a valued life no matter what.
We have to start somewhere. There are all SORTS of competing products, competing ideas, and possibly confusing data. It can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. But I urge you: START SOMEWHERE!
If money is an issue, then choose wisely. For example, there are great books and workbooks that can get us going in a wonderful direction (if we are willing to DO the exercises and so forth). These books, of course, are very cost-effective compared to weekly therapy.
No matter how much money you have to spend, though, remember that you are making an important and worthwhile investment–in YOU.
Give something a try. Fail, if that should happen. It’s all learning. Be willing to make mistakes. Be willing to make progress. Simply be willing. Keep trying new things until you find what feels right to you!
Moving forward, if only an inch, feels better than standing still, frozen in fear. What shall we wait for?