Howdy! Had a random thought about boundaries today. People set boundaries all the time whether they have any mental or physical afflictions. We are no different. It is okay to say, "I am not comfortable with this and I don't want to do it." Don't let people force you into a panic attack! If a situation is going to cause you to be in a negative mental space or disrupt your peace, you have the right to say you don't want to do it just like everybody else who isn't freaked out by walking into a room full of people. You have the right to say no. You have the right to say not right now. However if it is for the greater good or it happens to be something you may want to do but just haven't built your mental up to that point yet, there are tools to help you get past or work through that fear. We don't have to be stuck in a crippled, anxious state of mind all the time. At times we are able to just JUMP head first. Sometimes our disorder will only allow us to crawl. And that's okay. I have crawled to the call of duty many, many times. Get there however you can and get there on your terms. Just get there especially if it's something beneficial to you or your situation. Sometimes the things we don't want to do have nothing to do with our anxiety disorders-it just isn't something we want or care to do, and don't let anyone tell you different. No pity parties over here, the goal is to get our disorders to a manageable level where we can live happy, positive, and fulfilling lives. I'm scared to death of putting myself out there like this, but everyday that I do it (exposure therapy), it's get just a little bit easier. And hopefully I encourage someone else along the way. Later!
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