How To Stop Being Anxious

I remember a night where I was crossing a bridge in Las Vegas, knowing that I had a little too much to drink, a little too much Xanax and I started feeling out of control. My body was giving out and I could feel my legs giving out underneath me. 

It was as scary as it sounds. I was self-medicating my anxiety and developed a destructive pattern. And it was the type of pattern where if you don’t self correct it, you could end up in a body bag. 

When I had anxiety, I would start my day with half of a Xanax, then I would find the nearest martini so that I could get drunk and make it through the day. 

Every single day I would eat spinach and strawberry salad so that I could get skinnier. 

Every single day I was doing either alcohol, cocaine or speed.

I realized that I was tearing my body down emotionally and physically. 

But, I beat my anxiety by confronting the root of what was driving me to indulge in these vices. 

I broke the pattern. 

I’ve had friends that couldn’t get on airplanes or leave their houses because of their anxiety. They sought help from people like Tony Robbins, went to see psychiatrists, took Xanax and did everything else… but they couldn’t beat their anxiety. 

Doctors will tell you, “Here’s another Xanax… Here’s another Adderall… here’s another thing…” to comatose you, to numb you. 

Every shot you take, every glass of wine you drink or pill you pop… it will just keep getting worse. And at the end of the day, you are still avoiding dealing with the source of the problem. 

If you’re feeling like your life is falling apart or like you don’t want to go outside, or are afraid to travel or be around certain people… you have to address the core root of WHY you’re feeling anxious. 

The answer to life is not learning how to “cope.”

At some point, you’re going to have to take responsibility and look at what you’re running from. You cannot be successful when you’ve got a weight that’s holding you down. 

I challenge you today, to identify the thing that’s worrying you the most. 

Is it money? 

Is it a relationship? 

Is it a divorce? 

Is it your job? 

Determine what about that thing freaks you out. 

If you can come to peace with the worst-case scenario, your anxiety is going to lift. 

 I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This is just my personal experience with countless people who have experienced anxiety and just can’t get it to go away. 

You have anxiety for a reason, your body is trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore it. 

 It’s time to make a change.

Watch my latest video below where I talk more about this.


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Hi! I’m Shanda Sumpter, owner of HeartCore Business, investor to entrepreneurs on The Pitch, and named as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies in 2017, 2018, and 2019. I’ve helped business owners all over the nation grow and scale their businesses while enjoying their lives more. I believe in giving generously and being honest—all in the name of leaving a legacy.

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