you are your safety

All anxiety boils down to questions around safety:

Am I safe in my body? Am I safe in my mind? Am I safe with other people? Are other people safe with me?

Anxiety is fear, and fear is a feeling caused by lack of safety.

The antidote to fear is not saying that the threats don’t exist– you will die (no amount of anxiety can prevent this), maybe all is not well in your mind, perhaps other people are a threat to you– but instead, it is recognizing yourself in the midst of those threats.

You are your safety. And safety is not promising that a scary thing will never happen, it’s a reckoning that you will not abandon yourself in or because of it.

“Even though _____, I still love and accept myself.” Which at the end of the day, is all we can do.

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