Anxiety is the thief of good relationships.
It’s hard to admit that I’m not perfect; but these days, with social media and the constant bombardment of negativity through various forms of media, it can be difficult to stay positive about any aspect of life. There are things that happen in this world that make me want to pull the covers over my head and never come out again, but then there are romance novels! They’re a complete escape from reality where anything is possible, and they usually end happily ever after.
Romance novels gave me hope. They helped me learn to stop worrying so much about having the perfect relationship and just focus on what I have. Worrying is just another form of anxiety, and anxiety is the thief of good relationships. Nothing good can come from anxiety.
All it does is steal away those beautiful moments that could be shared between two people.
Romance novels also taught me to look at my past relationships with a different lens, and this has helped immensely! After reading about all the other heroines and heroes, I realized what mistakes I made in previous relationships (I’m looking at you, Mr. A**hole) and how much better life can be if we accept our partners for who they are instead of trying to change them into someone else’s ideal version of perfection.
While not everyone loves romance or enjoys escaping into their favorite novel series as often as possible as I do, there may still be one thing that brings joy back into your lives: something positive. It doesn’t have to come from a book; it can be anything that makes you happy, like the way your significant other holds you close when they walk behind you.
It doesn’t have to be an extravagant gesture or something that costs money. It just has to come from their heart and make you feel special at that moment.
There is always some part of your life that you can make better, and if romance novels taught me anything it’s how to find the positive in everything.
Your anxiety is not just bad for your love life. It’s also affecting the people around you and making everyone on this planet a little less happy. So stop what you’re doing right now and find help.
There are so many amazing resources out there to get rid of that nagging feeling in the back of your mind, or those racing thoughts at night before bedtime: podcasts with some world-renowned guests, books such as Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now, classes such as yoga… anything will do.
You can even try listening to romance audiobooks before bed as I do.
Feel free to share what brings joy into your life. I’d love to hear about it!
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