Anxiety has been such a constant in my life and has impacted me in countless ways. I’ve missed events and special moments in the lives of those I love. I’ve cried in the corner because it all became too much.
Having said that, I really like to look at all the positives my anxiety has given me. I’ve learned how to truly be compassionate. I know how tough it can be to talk about your demons, so when someone talks to me, I listen. I live for the little things in life… going out for coffee with a friend, doing my laundry, showering and putting on makeup, going for a walk…the list goes on and on. Anxiety has made some of the smallest, every day things, impossible to accomplish some days. So when I accomplish something, you bet your ass I’m celebrating. My anxiety has made me aware of my emotions and to be aware of my surroundings. Some people may see that as me being over-cautious but it has helped me out on more than one occasion. Anxiety has also made me step out of comfort zone. That is such an awesome feeling. My anxiety has led me here…I’ve always wanted to share my story and be able to help others. And now I can say, that I have my own blog. Anxiety has taught me to be brave and to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. So as much as anxiety causes me grief, pain and heartache it also adds so much to my life.
I may have anxiety for the rest of my life, or not, who knows. Some days are going to be tougher than others, but I will do as I always do and take it one day at a time.
I love this and can relate to it 100%! I would have to say the community of people i’ve gained through an anxiety support group has been the most important thing i’ve gained through my own journey with anxiety. I’ve been a part of the group for nearly 2 years now, while things are definitely really hard for me some days, i wouldn’t have it any other way in that respect.
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