This post is quite different than things I usually write about here on True Bliss. People around the world struggle with mental illnesses everyday. They want to be heard and understood by their families and friends. They want to be accepted just like everyone else and not be labeled by their mental illness.
I struggle with anxiety but am learning everyday how to cope and push through. Anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
Things People Don’t Know about Anxiety
- Self-doubt is your worst enemy. You’re constantly judging, critiquing and perfecting yourself.
- Social encounters can be so scary. Your heart rate sky rockets as soon as you shut the door behind you.
- Invites, being invited to things even though you know you aren’t going to show up still makes you feel wanted and cared for.
- Physical symptoms are a real thing (weakness, nausea, feeling of over heating, shortness of breath, chest pain and irritability are just to name a few)
- Small talk can be extremely hard to do
- Sleeping becomes a chore as your brain never seems to want to shut off
- You push people away, you do so because you don’t think they will understand what’s going through your head or how you feel.
- Dating is hard, it’s being excited about a date but thinking they’ll cancel last minute. It’s staring at your phone waiting for it.
- Believing lies that are made up in your own head.
- Anticipating the worst in people, even though they have nothing but good intentions.
- Constant reassurance is something you want and truly need. It helps keep your mind at ease.
- There’s a natural impulse to procrastinate. To put it off, wait for another day.
- You can’t just stop worrying. We don’t have an ‘on’ and ‘off’ switch.
- It’s the feeling of being attacked from something you can’t escape from.
- People think you’re overreacting, when in reality it can be very real for you.
- Waiting for something bad to happen, even when things are going perfectly fine.
- Over analyzing every. little. thing.
- You’d rather be alone majority of the time.
- It’s wanting a break from your own thoughts.
- Simple tasks can be overwhelming at times.
- Small things can set you off, like not having a set plan, schedule or time.
- You get used to feeling nauseous constantly.
- Having a routine makes you feel more at ease and comfortable.
- Crowds of people make you feel like you are no longer in control.
- Feeling like you’ve forgotten something important and go the whole day not knowing what it is and end up feeling on edge.
- Your muscles physically ache.
- You’re quick to cry as you don’t know how else to express how you feel.
You never know the battle someone is fighting so don’t ever be quick to judge.
Be kind to one another,
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