Anxiety is something that all of us have experienced to some degree, many times throughout our lives. Some of us have developed
The first step to overcoming any anxiety is acknowledging it. I helped Shanelle recognize how much her lack of self-worth
asically, paying attention to thought and habit. When anxiety surfaces it's very easy to simply react, which only feeds the problem more and creates unhealthy patterns. Alternatively, if we use mindful thought and breathe to bring awareness to the situation we can begin to rid ourselves of the stress we feel in these moments.
Outwardly, I've always appeared as a very together person. When people find out I struggle with anxiety, their reactions
Quitting gave me what I needed to feel healthy again; it gave me the distance from what (and who) was unhealthy for me. I needed to enjoy writing again without the self-imposed pressure to publish with a leading agent.
OCD is hard on parents who are watching their child suffer and feel to blame or guilty when it's not their fault, although they can escalate the anxiety if they don't follow the recommendations.
If meditation leads to a calm, stable mindset, I'm all in. Sadly, I am not a devout Buddhist, but I do have an understanding of what calms me down: my own "modern meditation," if you will.
Anxiety is a rat of a vice that creeps up on you when you least expect it. But like other mental setbacks, I had to make the conscious effort to say it wouldn't frame my psyche.
And that was it. I'll be chatting with therapists, psychiatrists and the like about proper coping mechanisms. Maybe there
If you're in the same boat as me, please know that you don't have to suffer alone. Your mental health concerns are nothing to be ashamed of. Go to your GP. Tell them how you are feeling. If you walk away feeling embarrassed or ashamed or unsupported, it's time to find a new GP, because I promise, you don't need to feel alone in your suffering anymore.