I read this article today and it shook me a bit. Instead of listing things that “cure” or reduce anxiety, this lists the three behaviors that maintain people’s states of anxiety.
2. Reassurance Seeking
It’s like pulling out a bright yellow highlighter to my life.
The cool thing, though, is that before reading said article, I was coming to these same conclusions: when I avoid, distract too much, or constantly seek re-/assurance from people, it all feeds into the anxiety cycles. I am committed to wellness and I am committed to still doing this hard work, even when my instinct is to internalize or deny.
It is what it is, and it is a work in progress.
I am okay.