Anxiety Does Not Have To Win

It’s beginning to sound like one of those catchy titles to your latest mental health blog. You are welcome. I try to be a bit innovative now and then. For the past two Fridays, I have talked about dealing with anxiety. If you read the poem earlier today, you can see my current state of anxious thoughts.

It has been a war over here lately, the intense fear that builds in my stomach before I try to do anything is getting pretty annoying. For me, anxiety is the feeling of uncertainty and a lack of safety. Each moment crashes down on me like the next without a moment to grasp the situation. While this is my current state, I know that it won’t last long. At some point or another, I’ll pull myself together and start crushing the game again. I’ll start winning at life and all the things in-between the here and the not yet.

The process of winning against mental health issues start with finding a place, whether inside of you or out there in the world, to call home. It is finding a place that doesn’t make me feel as if the world as a whole is tipping over. As much as I would love to tell you to stay physically strong and keep your head up, a panic attack can take all of that from you. The strength that you need is not solely in the body; you need the strengthening of self that begins with your mind, as well.

Anxiety doesn’t have to win; there is hope. It may look different depending on what you are dealing with, but it is possible to get better. There are different treatment options, whether by medication or holistic remedies, keep trying until you find what works for you. Take a few moments to confront what you are facing a little at a time and move forward. Today, I tried to work out, but it didn’t work out for me due to a flare-up. I could become anxious, belittling myself, and my self worth or I can be understanding that my body goes through a lot of pain, and this is just one of those moments. I choose how I feel about myself, and I will take my time to love who I am, despite my anxious thoughts.

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