No matter how much progress you have made in understanding and taking control of anxious thoughts, panic feelings, or physical symptoms that seem to come from out of the blue, the symptoms may return in some form sporadically. Don’t think you are losing the battle !
The negative thoughts that are often responsible for these set-backs will come as it is natural for the subconscious mind, especially at night and in the wee hours of the morning, or when we are tired, to challenge your success! Your goal is to recognize the triggers and challenge negative thoughts with action and thoughts of the progress you have made.
Many of us are susceptible to self-doubt, and that is why the frequency and magnitude of the steps you have taken to understand and challenge your fears are so important.
We want to feel more in control of our lives, but sometimes we get lazy, and have voids in our “focus” on productive , meaningful activities, goals and accomplishments. We are at those times more vulnerable to negative thoughts. Even as I write this article, my focus and mental energy is all being directed to something productive and meaningful to me and is therefore distracting my energies from any potential negative thoughts, aches or pains.
Gene Benedetto, Psychologist/ Emeritus / Coach