My anxious thoughts are so crippling, disabling and limiting…. They pull me down like a tornado…. the force of the swirling, relentless negative thoughts scares me beyond words….

I feel powerless in the grip of anxiety and yet if I dare to stand still, if I dare to stand in the vortex, in the heart of the tornado, I begin to see that the swirling winds of negativity only have power over me as a result of my fear… When I realise that I am more powerful than these anxious self‐limiting thoughts, I begin to see the possibility that I can be free…

I stand here in the heart of the storm and strangely find that peace starts to descend on me it’s so calming, so comforting and with it comes a sense of clarity and perspective I begin to realise that these thoughts cannot hurt me unless I embrace them and I choose not to…. I choose to let them go. These thoughts do not even belong to me, they’re from the past from a time that is no longer relevant and so I let them go.

There’s no future in the past and so I let them go…. anxiety is not my enemy, it is in fact a friend, one that needs my attention…. And so I turn my attention towards my anxiety and I listen to what it has to say….

It really does speak to me The more I embrace it the more the anxiety subsides and as it subsides its messages become clear…. I stop fighting with and against my anxiety I become its friend and I listen and I learn…. I am free….

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