[content: a quick tip for repetitive anxiety]
In the past, I’d regularly get trapped in the exact same worry over and over.
Often, it would be health anxiety. For example, I’d experience a symptom of some kind. And I’d immediately imagine that this symptom was coming from the worst possible cause. Perhaps a pain would be in my leg, and I’d think “that’s a blood clot, travelling to my lungs to kill me”.
For the rest of the day—week? month?—I’d struggle to concentrate on anything else, constantly fighting to keep my attention from the impending doom.
After years of living through this exact cycle, I realised I wasn’t learning anything. It was just the same thing, over and over and over again.