Every ‘Small Win’ Against My Anxiety Is a Big Deal

I have let anxiety, phobias and panic attacks limit my life. A lot.

But over the past few days, I’m learning to celebrate the wins. All of them.

I rarely drive. When I do, one thing I avoid is left-hand turns. I will go the long way or not drive at all if I have to make left-hand turns.

My win: I made a left-hand turn! To some, no big deal. But for me, big deal! I crossed four lanes to make that turn! I felt proud of myself.

It helps to have a support system that understands these little things are big deals. So I’m happy I can share my small wins. The small wins show progress. The small wins say “I can do this!” Something that was once difficult to do can be done.

Each day, when I conquer something my anxiety and phobias have limited me doing, I celebrate. I’m putting those good vibes in the universe!

Guess what? You can, too. Celebrate your wins, big and small.

Follow this journey on JayCreed.com

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Image via Thinkstock Images

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Anxiety

Anxiety Vs. Stress

For anyone who thinks having an anxiety disorder is the same thing as “being stressed…”
Couple Man and Woman Feet in Love Romantic Outdoor with Autumn season nature on background Fashion trendy style

Tips for Helping a Loved One Seek Mental Health Care, From the Person Who Helped Me

The love of your life might be like millions of people. Those who are wandering around, attempting to make it through their anxiety and depression symptoms, trying to convince themselves and you it isn’t “that bad” and that they don’t need help. I would know. I was one of them. I can now acknowledge that [...]

What It's Like to Have High-Functioning Anxiety

“It’s silent anxiety attacks, hidden by smiles.” if(typeof(jQuery)=="function"){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)}; jwplayer('jwplayer_5NlfxAca_F962XJnx_div').setup( {"playlist":"https:\/\/content.jwplatform.com\/feeds\/5NlfxAca.json","ph":2} ); To read the original post that inspired this video, head over here: What It’s Like to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Anxiety
Sad woman with fist to chin

The Toll a Panic Attack Takes on My Mind and Body

The sound of my racing heartbeat is deafening. I’m pretty sure — no, I am 100 percent certain — my heart is about to pound itself right out of my chest. The room is starting to spin, and everything is closing in on me before I can react. Sounds and movement are amplified beyond normal [...]