Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!
I was flipping through the John Gottman Facebook page today and saw this post called “Letter To My Anxiety.” As someone who has struggled on and off with significant bouts of anxiety in my life, it peaked my interest. What is this person going to say to their anxiety? What a cool thing to actually do, is humanize the anxiety and write it a letter addressing the role it plays on your life. It was written by someone who struggled with anxiety for years and then sought counselling and started to feel more hopeful about his/her ability to improve his/her life. I have attached the link to the article here and highly recommend giving it a read.
Anxiety takes up too much space in too many people’s lives. In my office, I see the significant impacts it has on an individual’s life and just how debilitating it can be. I also see how manipulative it is and how it creates these false threats that leave the person feeling more and more insecure about making positive changes in their life. If you are struggling with anxiety, I recommend not only that you write a letter like this one to your anxiety but also that you allow yourself to get the help you both need and deserve to start feeling better. Hope, I believe, really is one of the most important things in life as it gives us the space and the belief that life can be better, something we all want in our darkest hours.