World Mental Health day 10th October
My functioning fabulous anxious self
I have spent a large amount of my adult years trawling and searching for the reason why anxiety, stress and panic have had such an impact on my life. I used to get so obsessed with making it all go away and was absolutely desperate to find a cure. Embarrassed about feeling affected by stuff that other people wouldn’t even think twice about. I remember a therapy session when a counsellor made the statement ‘have you ever considered that you’ve always lived with anxiety? That it could be just who you are?’ This statement had a profound effect on me. Slowly I became to accept this anxiety as part of who I was as an individual. So I decided to educate myself.
I knew that anxiety is based on fear and that fear could come in many forms, but finding out that it’s just our body and minds way of looking after ourselves was strangely comforting. So I thought that if all personalities are unique and there is this idea that anxiety may be part of my personality, that would mean that I may have to make myself feel pretty uncomfortable and look at how I am when I am in a panic or anxious state. Read more…