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Fighting Stigma and Living with an Anxiety Disorder

You Have The Power to Change Your Life

We have more power than we think we do

When you have a problem that you can't solve, typically you turn to a friend or family member for support or advice. From personal experience, I can tell you that what I want from that person is to give me guidance. I want them to point me in the right direction and help me to see what I should do next. 

While it can be helpful to get advice from a friend, your pal is not the one who has the answers. The truth is, the answer to your question is closer than you think. Close your eyes for a moment. Take a deep breath is and imagine what your problem is. Continue to breathe in and out and think to yourself "what do I want?" Only you can answer that. 

Once you've relaxed your mind and your body, you will come to an answer: your answer. We as human beings have a strong inner-intuition, however often external forces cause us to question and over-think when what we truly desire is just under the surface.

When you have your answer, what you truly want, open your eyes. Grab a piece of paper and write it down. Start with "I want _________." Next write down three steps that will help you to achieve your goal. Write down a time frame for your goal: I want to complete this by this date. Once you've done that, stick the piece of paper in a place that you can see it like the wall in your bedroom or next to your bathroom mirror. 

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You can acheive your goals. Remember that they are attainable. Remember that the power to change your own life in within your reach. Just close your eyes and ask yourself what you want. 

Sarah Fader is a mental illness advocate and mother of two living with panic disorder in New York City.

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