” There Are Two Words That Hold The Greatest Roadblock To Health Anxiety Recovery… Standing Guard.”
Someone who suffers from health anxiety worries, a lot. They worry about truly living, and dying, bodily sensations of anxiety, pleasing others, doing, and saying the right thing, and more. A healthy amount of worry would lead to a balanced emotional state, and limited catastrophic and irrational viewpoints. Unfortunately though, that’s just not the case for most people suffering from health anxiety.
Worry doesn’t keep you guarded and protected from impending doom, remember that.
But it’s challenging to see it this way because the uncertainty factor with ending worry is just too unfamiliar for a health anxiety sufferer. Health is everything, we know, but by continuing on the cautious, curious, and concerned path that most health anxiety sufferers are on will lead to the opposite of your desires… more pain!
Recognizing what doesn’t work is step 1. To review your day and to see through the patterns related to distancing yourself from other peoples problems (This is where you think your problem is a lot greater and different than anyone else’s). Also, blaming doesn’t help a health anxiety sufferer on the road to recovery either (although it’s always readily available and hard not to jump on the blame bandwagon).
If standing guard is the greatest roadblock to health anxiety recovery, then embracing uncertainty and lifting a persons faith becomes the greatest tools for health anxiety recovery.
When talking about embracing uncertainty I mean to take a stance that balances out passion and analyzing. Many times it’s passion and impulsiveness that wins the day, but by analyzing a a situation and recognizing opposing viewpoints to passion we can start lifting the tight hold of standing guard, and find eternal freedom.
In episode #143 of the anxiety guy podcast I’ll be discussing:
- What standing guard really means and how it really is the greatest roadblock to health anxiety recovery
- Why so many health anxiety sufferers have a difficult time with change
- How I came to realize this incredibly important point for anyone with health anxiety