“The day you stop worrying will be the first day of your new life; anxiety takes you in circles, trust in yourself and become free.” — Leon Brown
My earliest memories of my life seem to have one commonality — I’m either experiencing acute anxiety or catastrophizing.
Once, on a holiday, I was left with my eldest sister to look after me. My mother promised me she would only be gone for half an hour. I sat in the kitchen and watched the clock ticking relentlessly.
At 40 minutes in, I was grief-stricken — my mother had obviously been in a terrible accident and had died. I was now missing the most important person in my life.
Of course, she returned over two hours later thanks to the traffic and could not understand why I had once again riled myself up into such a state of anxiety.
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