The topic of anxiety is one that is heavily avoided. It gets brushed under the carpet, locked under the stairs, pushed to the back of our minds. Well, it shouldn’t. Anxiety is real, it is happening, open your eyes and look around you.
Anxiety isn’t taboo, in fact it is far more common, and far more people are suffering with it EVERYDAY. The more we open our minds and truly think about it, the more we can help.
Personally, it is something I have struggled with for many years. It never has gone away, I have just leaned to adjust and cope with the struggles. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when it is severe, and I feel utterly consumed by all the thoughts and feelings it brings.
Social anxiety can be a particular struggle. Some days, I will walk further to an earlier bus stop, just so I don’t feel as though people are watching me look for a seat on the bus, watching me, judging me. Sounds stupid right? Well, it’s not.
Anxiety isn’t just thoughts and feelings, but rather physical as well.
When something is a particular struggle, it can feel as though it is crushing you.
Your breathing starts to get heavy, rapid. Your heart feels as though it can beat right out of your chest. Your chest gets tighter, with every breath you take, the fire inside burns and crushes you. You start to feel hot and sweaty, all you want to do is run away from it all, escape whatever situation you are in. But you feel stuck, rooted. Suddenly everybody around you is watching you, watching what you do next, judging every movement. It’s not vanity, it’s a delusion. Created by this evil little monster, called anxiety.
I applaud those who come forward and ask for help. It is one of the HARDEST things to do. But my god, if you can do it, you can get through it.
For those reading this who think “I couldn’t do that” or “that’s not an option” don’t worry! One way or another you will find that strength, that confidence, to ask for help. You WILL find the light at the end of the tunnel.
The more we talk about anxiety, the more we make people aware. The more awareness we can create, the more people will understand. The more understanding we create, the more recognition it will get. The more anxiety is recognised as an illness, the more help people will get.
It’s like dominos.
Thank you to anyone and everyone who reads this. If I can help even one person feel like they are not alone in their suffering then I have done my job.
Have a glorious day! ⭐️