It is very important for you to encourage yourself and others. As you know, working on yourself to overcome any obstacle takes a lot of effort.
Your automatic negative thoughts seem to come more easily when you are practicing. It is easy to get discouraged when you have a particularly hard day or you experience a panic attack while facing a challenging situation.
One thing that helps greatly is for you to take time to encourage yourself along the way. You do this by re-affirming positive truths to yourself.
If you cannot do this easily in your mind, be sure to make a list of affirmations on paper and repeat them to yourself when you are having a difficult time.
Some Easy Affirmations to Remember
I am healthy and strong.
I am working hard at conquering my obstacles.
If I panic, this means I am learning.
A panic does not mean I am having a setback.
I will be okay.
I will do my best. My best is good enough.
I will not always be suffering.
I am learning more and more everyday.
It's okay to have good days and bad days.
I will overcome this!
Remember the importance of building self confidence. The more you work at encouraging yourself, the more self confidence you will have. Self confidence begins inside your mind!
Another way you can encourage yourself is by writing an encouraging letter to yourself as though you were someone else. Since it's so much easier to encourage someone else than it is to encourage yourself, pretend you are writing a letter to a friend, then read it to yourself out loud.
Believe it or not, it is helpful to encourage other people who are suffering with the same thing you are suffering with. Many people find it easier to encourage other people than it is to encourage themselves. By encouraging other people, you are really encouraging yourself. Whether you are speaking encouragement, or typing it out to someone else, you are going through the actions of repeating truth to yourself. You end up helping yourself without even realizing it.
Okay, so maybe you don't know anyone in your life that is going through the same things you are going through. That is when you can involve yourself in an online community. There are forums, newsgroups, chat rooms, and online communities filled with people who are suffering with the same thing you are suffering with. They can easily be found by searching for them in Google® or your favorite online search engine. Get involved and then begin encouraging other people! You will be amazed at how fast you learn by doing this.