As if I’m sitting here in Toronto Pearson airport getting ready to board a plane for the first time in my 27 years of living. Of course, I’ve been in an airport before, but never did I think that after suffering with panic attacks for 20 years, I would be getting on a plane! Not only that, but the first time getting on a plane and I am doing it all by myself.
I am incredibly shocked by myself; by my bravery, courageousness and willingness to face my anxiety attacks head on. They say that doing so is one of the best anxiety cures out there, and I would have to agree.
Anxiety attacks are stemmed by fear.
With fear, we avoid.
By avoiding, we create more fear.
And this ultimately creates the vicious cycle of worsening panic attacks.
Don’t get me wrong, deciding to book a flight and actually follow through with it was no easy task. As an anxiety sufferer knows, commitment isn’t necessarily our strong point. When we commit to something, there’s such much fear that comes along with it; fear of having to cancel and fear of having to actually do what we committed to.
So, I booked my flight without giving myself more than 5 seconds to think about it. Of course, I had been thinking about flying back to Florida (my happy place) for months and I knew that I really truly needed to get away. So, I searched my flights and typed in my credit card. I knew that if I sat there thinking about whether or not I will actually get on a plane, I wouldn’t have purchased a flight. I will worry about the rest later, is what I thought, but more importantly, I knew that once I booked my flight, I would have to face my fear, which is exactly what I needed to do.
I don’t have a fear of flying. The whole aircraft flying thousands of feet in the air doesn’t freak me out one bit. After all, whatever is going to happen is going to happen. However, what does freak me out and that has kept me from flying is the whole concept of being stuck in an airplane for the duration of the flight.
There’s no out.
There’s no escape.
There’s just me, on this plane until the ride is over.
To be completely honest though, as soon as I started my journey to the airport, I felt great. I felt ecstatic that I was facing my anxiety attacks and diving into one of the best anxiety cures out there. It was the leading up to the day that had me a little shaky, but as soon as I was off on my venture, I was ready.
With the right mindset, you can truly accomplish anything. I feel a million times better ever since I decided to try one of the best anxiety cures available – to face my fears. Now, jumping on a plane probably isn’t for everyone and sometimes, smaller steps should be started with. I certainly didn’t start with jumping on a plane, but it was a longterm goal that I am happy to have accomplished – a long term goal that I wasn’t doing because of my panic attacks.
Whether you have a fear of being in a large group, talking in front of a crowd, eating in a restaurant or being stuck on an aircraft for hours with complete strangers – be like Nike and “Just Do It”.
You will be amazed at your results.
Is there a time when you just went head-first into your panic attacks, eager to take advantage of one of the best anxiety cures (facing your fears) out there? I’d love to hear about it. Shoot me a message in the comment section below.