Lately I’ve heard people throw the word “anxiety” around like it’s just a fleeting blip on the radar of human emotion, a trifling inconvenience that will pass as quickly as it came.
At first, this sent me into an emotional tailspin. How could anyone underestimate the sheer magnitude of a panic attack or the irrational feelings of someone who is clearly drowning in the moment? They just didn’t understand.
It only recently dawned on me that I was attributing far too much weight to my own anxieties. I didn’t want to accept the fact that maybe they would be with me forever and that this was my new normal that I just had to learn to deal with.
I’ll tell you what’s worse than feeling panic inexplicably: believing you are the only person who has ever experienced these emotions, and that you are ever alone. I recently read this excellent article on the topic of anxiety and this quote stood out to me: “Here’s what’s worked: nothing.”
It sounds so hopeless, but in the moment, that’s how it can feel.
But there are ways of lessening the wave that sweeps in without warning, and I want to take this opportunity to say that I am here and my door is always open if you feel the need to discuss with me further. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get through the worst of times together.
We’ll celebrate the best milestones, too. 🙂 XOXO