Anxiety is describable but indescribable at the same time.
Anxiety feels like there is something that isn’t quite right, but you don’t know what that something is.
Anxiety is noisy and busy.
Anxiety is making a small mistake at work and not being able to stop thinking about it the whole day, wondering if your boss is pissed or thinks you’re completely useless.
Anxiety is beating yourself up for saying something that you think is silly or for doing something awkward.
Anxiety is worrying about yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Anxiety is wanting to go out but wanting to go home once you’re there.
Anxiety is trying to control everything, even things that are not in your control and getting anxious when you can’t control them.
Anxiety is wanting to be alone but then feeling lonely.
Anxiety is a voice that keeps telling you everything is not okay, when it actually is.
Anxiety is like a bright light that comes on at the most inconvenient times, like when you’re trying to sleep and it just won’t switch off.
Anxiety is a big fat liar but it is also very real.
Anxiety affects so many of us yet it is so misunderstood and there is still such a stigma attached to it but May is mental health awareness month and this is why I think it is so important;
- The more we speak, the more we learn and the more we can help.
- It reduces the stigma
- Mental health is just as important as physical health and it needs to be seen as such, even to those who don’t suffer.
- Our stories can help others
- It helps all of us feel less alone
- Anxiety is affecting more and more people so let’s help those people now and let’s not ever make them feel like they can’t talk about it because of the stigma.
Mental health is something I feel strongly about because at one point in my life I thought that I was actually going to lose it. I didn’t know what was wrong and I couldn’t understand that anxiety could affect me in so many ways.
As soon as I learnt more about it, paid attention to it and started focusing more on it I found a happy medium.
Please know that you’re not alone and that there is help.
Please know that is nothing to be ashamed of.
Please don’t be afraid to speak about it.