Living with Anxiety: Navigating the Journey

March 10, 2022
What does Anxiety look like.

I find myself grappling with my silent companions – anxiety and depression.

In a world that often seems to move at an overwhelming pace.

Thankfully, I am a high functioning individual and am able to pull myself from going down the rabbit hole.  I have incredible support, amazing compassionate people that understand me. Coupled with, family and friends. So that I can make my way through life with an intricate dance between self-discovery and resilience.

The Silent Struggle:

In reality, living with anxiety is akin to navigating an invisible labyrinth. While the world may see a composed happy person, inside is often marked by a storm of thoughts and emotions. That are overwhelming.  Anxiety, with its relentless worry and fear. And depression, caused from exhaustion of anxiety, can intertwine, creating a complex spiderweb that complicates someone like me.

Breaking the Stigma:

Let’s talk about mental health.  Why be embarrassed? Why be ashamed?  There are so many people like me, that battle in silence.  It breaks my heart, to know that someone is suffering because they believe it’s a sign of weakness.  It’s not. it’s quite brave and courageous of me sharing this. Explicitly opening myself, becoming vulnerable!

We live in a very overwhelming world.  Let’s open up the conversation and narrative about suffering with anxiety! Contrary, to misconceptions, these conditions are not mere mood swings or character flaws. They are legitimate health concerns that require understanding, compassion, and support.

Sharing our stories and experiences is a powerful way to dismantle the walls of stigma, fostering a community where individuals feel seen and heard.  Loved and understood.

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Building a Support System:

Living with anxiety can be an isolating experience, but as I have started opening up about my GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) I have built a support system. Friends and family who understand the nuances of mental health. Provide support through a lifeline during challenging times. Open communication, empathy, and patience are key in cultivating relationships that nurture mental well-being.

With this in mind, that the most successful people in our world have anxiety and many have suffered from depression.  We carry on with life, doing exceptionally well at work, building relationships and are very creative.  To emphasize, how widespread it is, here is a list of incredible artists that suffer from anxiety!

  • Emma Stone: The Oscar-winning actress has spoken about her experiences with anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Selena Gomez: The singer and actress has been open about her mental health struggles, including anxiety and depression.
  • Ryan Reynolds: The actor has shared his experiences with anxiety, emphasizing the importance of seeking help and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.
  • Adele: The Grammy-winning singer has talked about dealing with anxiety, particularly before performances.
  • Stephen Colbert: The late-night talk show host has discussed his struggles with anxiety, even incorporating it into his comedic routines.

Without a question, living with anxiety is challenge.  But the more I talk about it, educate people about it and look after myself. I am able to get on with life with great joy! Crush work, take photographs, write and travel as much as I can.

Together, I believe we can foster a world that understands and supports those living with mental health conditions. Paving the way for a brighter, more compassionate future.

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