Anxiety: An unpleasant state of inner turmoil
That is a very simple definition for a not-so-simple thing.
Anxiety is something that all humans deal with in some way, on some level, at some point in their lives. It’s an overwhelming sensation of fear and nervousness about the future. It comes in all shapes and sizes and can show up for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case, it’s not pleasant.
Anxiety is something that I deal with. I’ve never opened up about it because, well, that gives me anxiety. Ironic, eh? In my case, it manifests itself as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety. It’s a lot better than it used to be but going out still makes me slightly uncomfortable and I can be very obsessive about certain things in my life. To be completely honest, it sucks.
Anxiety is something that I’ve always been ashamed of. I’ve tried my best to hide it (which is nearly impossible) and tried to convince myself that it’s all in my head. But it isn’t. It’s a real thing and a good percentage of us deal with it on a regular basis. So, guess what? We’re not alone.
Anxiety is something that we can overcome. Being self-aware and opening up about the things that we struggle with is the first step. Then challenging ourselves to do those things will [slowly but surely] make them easier. The more you face it, the more you’ll be able to move past it.
Anxiety is something that should never have control. We have control. We all deserve to be happy. We deserve to be free of whatever is holding us back. We deserve to smile, laugh, and have a life filled with joy. So, let’s take the reigns and stop letting anyone or anything stand in our way.
Here’s to facing the hard parts of life…