Saturday, April 19, 2014

Recovery training takes time and effort

There are no quick fixes to dealing with anxiety.

That may seem obvious, but in our fast-paced world people crave the easy way out. The Internet is flooded with advertisements for pills and potions, techniques and trainings, “guaranteed” to quickly abate nervous symptoms.

But these problems don’t develop overnight, and they won’t disappear that quickly, either.

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason for hope. In Recovery we continuously remind ourselves that the discipline of sticking with the Recovery method leads to a path of wellness. Reading Dr. Low’s books or attending a few Recovery meetings will not lead to instant symptom relief. Yet Dr. Low reminded us that anything worth doing won’t be easy. Overcoming distressing symptoms takes time and effort—if it didn’t, we wouldn’t have these problems in the first place.

Recovery is about continuous practice—endorsing along the way no matter what the outcomes. After a short time, things will get better—any sort of cognitive training will have the same result. Recovery’s focus on a continuously applied method, regular attendance at meetings, and frequent spotting builds the character and discipline needed to face and overcome our fears. In many ways, the mechanics of the Recovery method, just going through the motions so to speak, can lead to improvements.

When I started this blog years ago, I was at a point in my life where I felt I “couldn’t take anymore” and that I needed instant relief from my distressing symptoms. Recovery taught me that such thinking, on both counts, is unrealistic, and that with continuous practice I will get better. Recovery may not be the quickest way to a better life, but I believe it is the surest.

6 comments:

Kimberley Chastney said...

Great post! I, too, have had to learn there are no 'quick fixes' - it's hard when you're in the depths of anxiety and you just want the symptoms to stop, but I think the first step in recovery is accepting that it's a long and windy road. Thanks again for sharing. :-)

Anxious Athlete said...

Kimberly well said. People who look for quick fixes will always be disappointed and frustrated. A long term approach (although short term solutions are possible) is the best and healthiest way to look at your natural anxiety recovery. Check out my success story and tools I used when it comes to anxiety at www.anxietykey.com thanks again for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I have suffered from anxiety for 37 years. Back in the day, no one knew what a panic attack was. It was a new medical phenom that was still being studied. All I can say to the young people Who have anxiety disorder is that I wish the techniques that are available now were there for me. Thirty-seven years is such a long time to be dominated by this disease. Unfortunately, my daughter has it as well. I am trying to get her to learn to let go so she doesn't suffer the way I did.

medhamind said...

One thing should be kept in mind by the teachers and parents that it is not necessary that the child who suffers from ADHD possess all the three problems. There are various instances in which the child is not able to pay complete attention in the class and they are not impulsive as well as hyperactive. This kind of ADHD is called ADHD-PI. ADHD-PI stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder- Predominantly Inattentive).

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