CAN YOU BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR ANXIETY?
Anxiety and depressive disorders are the world's most common forms of mental illness. But shhh, let’s not talk about it too loud, we’ll make people uncomfortable.
Matter of fact, there’s this strange concept out there that people shouldn’t talk about their anxieties or mental health in general! This sort of thinking is one of the reasons people are so reluctant to share what may actually be a really big part of their lives. They’re concerned that they’ll be perceived as weak, an inconvenience or just lesser than.
It follows them around all day, lays in bed with them, grips at their chests on their worst days and sloppily articulates words for them. Creating the perfect self-fulfilling prophecies of awkwardness that they dreadfully fear when faced with public interactions.
It literally makes up a part of who they are as an individual, but yet..they’re discouraged from talking about it. Maybe not openly discouraged, but in between the lines, the messages are clear.
``Just tough it out!``
``You’re being silly. ``
``There’s no such thing.``
``It’s just in your head. ``
Yep, thank you for your acute observation! That is usually where my anxiety takes place, in my head!
It doesn’t however make it less real. The physical manifestations that comes along with it definitely feel real enough to me.
For better or for worse, anxiety is part of my life. I’m learning to accept this is as a fact. It doesn’t mean that I’ve ``given-up`` on anything, and I understand first hand that a lot of anxiety unchecked can often escalate into other severe conditions and situations.
What I am not willing to do however is to allow it to dictate my life in such a way where it becomes an obstacle to my dreams and goals. I believe that facing our anxieties, acknowledging them, meditating, practicing mindfulness and well-living can all be steps towards living a well rounded, successful and happy life, even when dealing with a lot of anxiety.
Talking about anxiety can definitely make people uncomfortable, however there's also a certain liberating sense of freedom that comes with being able to speak about it. It helps strengthen my confidence that I will get through the day. That if I get an anxiety attack throughout my day, it will not kill me. It will come, and it will go, and my day will continue.
The realization of this helps me feel just a little more comfortable with my anxiety than I use to just a few years ago. If that makes you uncomfortable, well… sorry, not sorry!