See you through the fear.

Sure, you could just blindly push through your anxiety, but there are tools to see you through the fear.

See you through the fear. Updated August 11, 2022

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This morning I was met with an anxiety attack that got nearly to level ten. At first, I struggled to understand its cause. However, I decided that its cause was irrelevant. Rather, it was how I dealt with it that mattered. So, I closed my eyes and took note of where I was – the sights, the smells and how I was breathing.

Yet despite all my work, I managed to dial down my anxiety only to a solid seven. Similarly, I also decided to say to myself, “This is progress, not a defeat. As it turns out, the way we perceive things can make or break how we feel about not only ourselves, but the way we cope with the wider world.

Negative self-speak is a powerful deterrent, single-handedly derailing our ability to achieve our goals. Whether it’s that dream job or a walk in the park, the way we talk to ourselves is key. For instance, if you are overtaken by anxiety, you avoid. And when you avoid, it can be impossible to achieve your hopes and dreams.

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Avoidance, once a practical reaction to anxiety back in human’s early history, now prevents many from realizing their true potential. Running away from a sabretooth tiger was a particularly good thing. Running away from work…well, that’s where the actual harm is, at least in modern times.

It’s precisely for this reason that I tell people that we must do the opposite of what anxiety tells us to do. The things we fear may be valid, but in most cases, are unlikely to kill us. Therefore, we can and should endeavour to push through the angst.

With that said, I recognize that this is much easier said than done. But there is good news! There are several things that we can learn to help us plow through. For example, learning mindfulness can ground you, bring your anxiety under control and give you the strength to push through.

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Important: if you experience anxiety to the point where it disrupts your daily living, reach out. A mental health professional can help.

So, at the end of the day, our fear must not rule our lives. We need to push through it or risk losing out on the best accomplishments of our lives. Finally, make sure you have the skills and help you need to see you through the fear.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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