Chronic anxiety can feel like you’re stuck in a swamp.
If you try to raise one leg out of the mud, the other one only sinks deeper. It’s like you’re stressing out trying to relax.
And that’s the beauty of medication. It puts you on dry land. It doesn’t solve your problem; it simply gives you a higher bottom from which to begin your healing process.
I will never forget when my physician first prescribed a low dosage of an antidepressant to help treat my irritable bowel syndrome and stomach pain. Feelings of fear and shame and failure welled up inside of me. I didn’t want to be the kind of person who had to take a pill every day to feel better.
But as my doctor helped me understand, the pharmacological approach isn’t the sole path to healing, it’s just helpful start towards relief. But it’s also not a panacea. It’s not a get out of jail free card. You still have to do the work, he said.
And so, other stress management strategies like journaling, therapy, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, exercise, support groups and the like, these things are built on top of the foundation of dry land that the medication lays.
The goal, then, is not to start popping pills, but to find a strategy that gets you on dry land.
To raise your bottom so that the healing journey might commence.
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