When In Anxiety Disorder Recovery, Complete Rest Or Live Normally?

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated March 21, 2022

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Thanks to your great information, I now understand anxiety and how to recover. To speed up recovery, should I focus all my time completely resting, or should I live life normally as best I can even though I have a lot of symptoms?

Unfortunately, there is no way to speed up anxiety disorder recovery other than routinely practicing your recovery strategies, such as reducing stress, increasing rest, getting regular good sleep, containing anxious behavior, and being patient.

Consequently, recovery is going to take as long as it takes. The body can only recover as fast as it is able.

While it seems logical to spend time completely relaxing to speed up recovery, it’s better to continue to live as normally as you can while devoting more time to stress reduction and rest than you normally would.

In the meantime, tolerate your symptoms and wait for things to improve.

I also don’t recommend lying around all day as the body needs to be active. Lying around all day is also not good for your mental health. Finding a good balance between activity and rest is preferred.

Also, living your life as best you can while your body recovers also means far less impairment to a normal lifestyle, making the transition from anxiety disorder recovery to normal living more seamless as your body recovers.

As long as you contain your anxious behavior, aren’t creating anxiety by unidentified and unaddressed underlying factors, and erring on the side of stress reduction, rest, and good sleep, your body will recover and return to normal symptom-free living in time.

That said, if your body’s level of hyperstimulation is in the high to very high degree ranges, it can also produce many strong symptoms, making it difficult to live normally.

In this case, I do recommend eliminating as many sources of stress as possible and focusing on rest until your body is more able to handle normal daily activities.

As you feel better, you will be able to live more normally until further recovery progress is made.

Overall, the more accepting you are of your symptoms in the meantime, the better. You will see your anxiety symptoms subside as your body recovers.

Keep in mind that recovering from hyperstimulation takes time and often much more time than most people expect. Faithfully working at your recovery and being patient will lead to success. Then, recovery becomes just a matter of time.

For more information, visit our “Two Levels Of Anxiety Disorder Recovery” article to understand what is required to attain lasting success.

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

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