Q: Hello Eva, my question is: Does anxiety ever go away? I’ve suffered from panic attacks for as long as I can remember, and I want to know, does it ever end? I mean really?
I have read that it is the most treatable mental health condition but when that feeling comes down on me it’s just so debilitating.
I try to tell myself that it’s ‘just anxiety’ and consciously relax my body, accepting the panic rush and try to float through it but I don’t know, it’s like my body isn’t convinced so that makes my brain unconvinced. Any advice for someone who feels like she is just beyond help?
Eva’s response: Hey Miggs, thanks for reaching out and trusting me with your question – Does anxiety ever go away?
Like you, I suffered from panic attacks and general anxiety as long as I could remember and I used to get frustrated and ask myself that very same question – does anxiety ever go away or is this something I will be dealing with for the rest of my life?
Here’s my answer:
YES. Anxiety DOES go away. But only if you approach it in the right way.
Anxiety isn’t an illness. Anxiety is an emotion. Every human on this planet has felt anxiety in some way, shape, or form, in their lives.
Human brains are wired for survival and protection. And anxiety is one of the trip-wires that sets off the survival fight-or-flight response.
So this means, your brain will prioritise and make way for anxiety over feelings like happiness, contentment and joy.
Why? Because your brain, in its primitive wisdom, believes that your life literally depends on it.
So your brain will begin searching for ‘threats’ as a protective mechanism – and it’s when this behaviour isn’t caught and managed that anxiety becomes a problem.
It’s not the anxiety that’s the problem. It’s your response to the anxiety that’s the problem.
So in answer to your question: Does anxiety ever go away – the answer lies in focusing on your response once that hijack happens.
You’re already doing a great job of diffusing the anxiety with your thoughts and by consciously relaxing.
I also recommend that you do the following:
- Make sure you drink enough water (dehydration can mimick anxiety symptoms)
- Take a magnesium supplement (especially if you get tension headaches and sore shoulders)
- Download and listen to my free panic attack meditation whenever you feel an anxiety attack coming on
I’ve also had my ups and downs with anxiety, but overall my best advice is that with time and a consistent response when anxiety taps you on the shoulder, the disorder does indeed go away.
Love + light