The other day I was on instagram and I saw something that caught my eye. It said ‘Be Brave’. I thought about the times I had to be brave about my anxiety and then it came to me; there are so many times anxiety takes over your life and you need to be brave about it!
For example, when I went to my first counselling appointment. The fear that filled me was unimaginable, but it was the first step to conquering it!
If I had help with realising that it isn’t as scary as I thought it would be, then I would have been fine. But anxiety isn’t like that, it makes you feel uncontrollable anxiousness that made me even more scared to talk to my family about it, let alone a stranger.
Even though I just said my first step to conquering it was councelling, if I hadn’t realised my problem I wouldn’t be where I am now.
To be brave you need to…
- REALISE YOUR PROBLEM. Yes, you might just be a worrier, but equally it could be a big deal. I didn’t want to make a fuss, so I took the NHS anxiety and depression test (which I will link at the end). If there is a chance you have anxiety, get help. That is what got me through the tough stages.
- SPEAK OUT. If you are a student your school will more than likely have a counsellor. Book an appointment with them! If your collage doesn’t, then definitely see the nurse who will also give you advise and maybe even help you book appointments out of collage. If you don’t go to school, then defiantly see your local GP. Anxiety is serious and the longer you keep telling yourself that you will be fine, the harder it will get.
- STRATIGIES. Do you want to take the medical route? Or would you prefer to find other strategies first? Medication scared me, so I listened to my counceler and worked on these things: meditation, yoga, and breathing excersises. Breathing teqniques helped me but you need to find your own pattern. I was comfortable with in for 7 and out for 11. Obviously I can’t tell you everything, otherwise you would be here for hours reading this, but if you want extra information I will be more than happy to answer any emails (which I will also leave at the bottom).
I almost had I panic attack again the day before yesterday. It took all my courage to ask to leave my lesson, but I was brave and did it. Who cares if people see me? Anxiety is more common than you think!
Before I head off, I would like to say that even with meds, anxiety doesn’t just disappear over night. I know that it is something that will stay with me forever, but I can tell you it gets easier, and opening up helps.
Have a great week everyone!
Together, we can conquer,
Our Anxiety X