I just finished the Week 16 audio, and at the end of it, Dr. Richards states, in context to not overthinking and overanalyzing everything, "That's why we will talk about paying attention to the good, the better, and the beautiful things in life."
This touches me deeply because over the past few years my social anxiety has increased, especially in my job. I do my best but often feel distracted during and outside work with the stressful ANTs, such as "I probably could have done that better," "I hope I did that the best way possible," "I hope I didn't mess that up," etc. I also have often been particularly anxious about talking to certain authority figures, etc.
I feel like for the past few years, the way I mentally experience life has been pretty bleak at times--shades of gray--because of my perception of myself due to social anxiety and perfectionism. I think both are connected as well: a strong fear of making mistakes (perfectionism) can trigger social anxiety, and vice versa. Anxiety likes to steal the spotlight and my focus from the good, better, and beautiful things in life. This also steals JOY!
But since doing the therapy, I have seen an improvement in my outlook. Gradually, the walls of social anxiety and perfectionism have been steadily crumbling as I do the therapy. I am so grateful for finding this therapy series.
Anxiety can own the spotlight so regularly, and it can set up camp so often in the back of our minds, that we don't always FEEL the good, the better, and the beautiful as FULLY as we should, even if we know we are amid something positive. Sometimes our perception leads us to feel only a portion of the positivity around us, with that nagging anxiety in the back of our minds.
I look forward to the day, when my world, and all of yours, is filled with vibrant hues of color, instead of the limited palette social anxiety offers.
We will get there. We can overcome social anxiety, and we will. We will be able to pay attention to the good, the better, and the beautiful things in life.