Harry Potter Can Help You With Your Anxiety

Anxiety. You know how it feels. We all feel it sometimes. But what about when our anxiety comes in waves? Confining you. Crushing you. Choking your confidence.

Normal things felt overwhelming. My confidence left me. I didn’t want to go outside. I felt like there was a war going on inside of my mind. And I worried that things would never change. 

I know what it feels like to be crushed by anxiety, choked by it. I felt like I had been put through the spin cycle and when I came out on the other end, my world had shrunk. Normal things felt overwhelming. My confidence left me. I didn’t want to go outside. I felt like there was a war going on inside of my mind. And I worried that things would never change. If you want to read more about my experience with anxiety, click here.

Wizarding caution: What is below is not top secret. It is for everyone, but not for every situation. Some anxiety is chronic and may need the help of a mental health professional. If your anxiety is overwhelming, limiting and intrusive I suggest that you seek qualified help. Consider today’s Potterism a way to put your pinkey toe into the water.

Wizards have magical powers, but they still feel afraid. They are not invincible. Fortunately, they were taught to use a spell that can help with their fear and anxiety. No, they didn’t have a “Feelnofearoceus” spell. What is this amazing, awesome and anxiety-ass-kicking weapon? Glad you asked.

The Wizard’s weapon was none other than the Ridiculus spell.

“What frightens you most of all?” “Picture the thing you fear the most and turn it into something funny.” Professor Remus Lupin

Your task today is to think of something you fear and then use your own Ridiculus spell on it.

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For a related article, “Anxiety or Addiction: Whatever Scares You is Your Friend.” You can also find all of my articles on anxiety by using the search box or click here. I invite you to sign up for my blog by clicking “Follow Getting High on Recovery.” When you enter your email, you will get free access to the blog. I do not send spam or share your email with anyone.

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