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Anxiety Recovery - Where to Start

When I started my recovery journey from anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia, I truly had no idea where to start. I already felt so tired and overwhelmed every day, and the thought of putting in any “extra” effort only added to the feeling of overwhelm. Here’s the thing… Recovery is a journey. I know that you want anxiety and panic to go away RIGHT NOW, but like with any recovery, it takes a little time and lots of conscious effort.

But don’t worry, I’m here to make your journey a little less hard and a lot less overwhelming!

Start by writing down your goals. Yes, your ultimate goal is probably to overcome anxiety, panic disorder, or agoraphobia, but you’ve got to start with the goals that will help you to get there. Like what do you want to do but feel you aren’t currently capable of? Here are what some of my goals used to look like:

  • Ride in cars for long periods of time

  • Take trips

  • Go into stores by myself

Once you write down your goals, pick one goal (yes, just one!). And start with the smaller goals, not the big ones! Overwhelming yourself by trying to overcome it all at once is only going to add to your struggles.