In honour of International Mental Health Day, I wanted to write a piece on the topic. First of all, I really want to address to you out there that struggling with some sort of mental health illness, you're not alone. Some people are blessed with little anxiety, some people are unfortunately given more anxiety than others.
For someone that doesn't struggle with that much anxiety, I think it can sometimes be very difficult to understand in what form anxiety can appear. And of course it's different for different people. All I can do is speak for myself. For me, anxiety is a feeling that can appear in different forms. Sometime I feel it in my whole body, the anxiety is "creeping under my skin" like there are actual ants underneath my skin that wants to come out. That feeling is extremely uncomfortable and when it happens (luckily not that often) I try to accept that it's there and try to let it run its course. Obviously this is not easy doing, feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is an awful feeling but for me it usually passes rather quickly.
Sometime my anxiety leads me to overthinking something I've said, playing up the scenario over and over again til I basically feel like I'm about to lose my mind. Other times I have anxiety for the future, it could be as deep as death anxiety - which I ironically feel sometimes when I'm feeling true happiness - and some inner voice reminds me that it's not going to be like this forever. Anxiety is weird that way - it appears in different forms and sometimes in weird situations (when you are "supposed" to be happy).
For those who are interested, I wrote another post, click on THIS LINK if you want to read about how I deal with my anxiety. Maybe it can help someone out there, dealing with his/her anxiety. I think opening up about anxiety to someone close can help a lot. I'm a very transparent person and I don't mind opening up about this here, as I know there are so many people out there struggling with anxiety. Take care of one another, be kind, listen and don't judge someone when they are feeling anxious. Most people are just trying their best, each day, to be the best version of themselves.
Encourage openness. Live with courage. And love fiercely.
Above is a picture of me, in October last year. I don't know if everyone sees it, but I sure can see how unhappy I was there. The thing is - a lot of people that are going through something tough may look somewhat happy, but that doesn't mean they are. Make sure to check in on your friends and family and ask how they are, and by that I mean how they are really feeling, from time to time.