Doing things, different things and pushing your boundaries makes you realise that life is really worth living. It also helps build your resilience and your ability to cope with uncertainty, which is a major cause of anxiety.
[Yeah yeah here he goes again talking the talk but not walking the walk I hear you say (you're probably not but that's my anxiety whispering it in my ear).]
Fixing yourself requires (unfortunately) a certain amount of discomfort. The same way that doing a couch to 5k will make your legs ache, doing a 'anxious to less anxious' will make your mind ache (and probably give you that horrible churning feeling in your stomach too). But it's worth it, it may not feel it at the time and you may not (probably won't) be immediately fixed but it will help, and it will help by topping up your bucket (dear liza) or making the hole a bit smaller.
Last week I went on holiday on my own this involved going on a plane on my own. I've never done either of those things before. It was weird and uncomfortable and I didn't come back 'fixed' but I did top my bucket up and coped with uncertainty and proved to myself that I can do things and be ok.
I've done quite a few things this year for the first time, or the first time in a long time like:
Now these things might be small things to you, but to me they were all uncertain things and came with associated anxiety because of that uncertainty. And they were all alright, I mean I was rubbish at salsa but it was alright and I came out of them all relatively unscathed and with more experiences under my belt.
Off the back of this I've decided to do some more things I've not done before which will make me anxious, but I was lacking inspiration as my typical past mindset has been to avoid the uncertain, so I set about googling some bucket list ideas and found this one bucketlist which has just over 1000 ideas!
These range from things I know are a step too far, things that would be a good stretch to easily achievable things but things I've never done (bake off next year maybe).
What do you do to challenge yourself, to challenge your uncertainty and anxiety?
Could you do something?
Mr Paul Wyse