Hey guys! Welcome back. This post is going to be a bit more personal than usual. I know I sometimes do life updates, but that’s not what this is. There have been a few times here on the blog where I have mentioned my anxiety and sometimes it’s really good and sometimes it’s really bad. But I get so many messages from so many people asking me how I deal with and how I over come it. So I decided to address that today.
The truth is, I don’t know if I will ever fully overcome it. It’s something that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always been an incredibly anxious person. And before this year, I never really did anything about it. I just made the excuse that it is a part of who I am. But over the past few months I have been changing that. I no longer use my anxiety as an excuse to not be who I am.
I realize that it may never go away. But I also recognize that it can get better. It may not go away completely, but any progress is better than no progress. My anxiety has good days and bad days, just like anyone else. And I realize that I am talking about my anxiety as though it is another person. But that’s because sometimes I feel like it is. I get really anxious about so many irrational things and I know it’s pointless. I know I shouldn’t be scared of so many things, but it happens on the regular.
So over the past couple of months I have been working to change all of that. I have changed my mindset to be much more positive. I have challenged myself to be more confident and have more faith in who I am. I have forced myself to start liking myself and grow into the person I know I can become. It is not easy, but I find that it is helping me little by little.
I get a lot of questions on what I do to cope with my anxiety, so I figured I would share a few things. These may or may not work for you if you are struggling with anxiety, but so many people ask, so I figured I would talk about them. My hope is that this helps someone who needs it. Someone who needs help finding ways to just get through daily life. I hope I can provide comfort to at least one person.
Writing is the biggest way that I work through my anxiety. Especially if I can’t find anyone to talk to. I started my blog to give me a sense of purpose and help me express myself. It became my biggest creative outlet and I have loved everyday of it. Writing gives me something to do and helps me remember my dreams and goals. Writing is the way I like to work through my hardest moments.
Music is another thing that is really helpful. Music really does heal my soul. There are so many songs and albums that I can listen to that really help me. It just really gets me in a better place mentally and emotionally. Music just really is something that really helps with my anxiety. I just turn it on and it helps take my mind off of so many things.
Another thing is reading. I especially love self-help books. I like reading the books that inspire me and keep me motivated. I have enjoyed reading those a lot lately. I like Girl, Wash Your Face. I hope to eventually finish the book. But reading helps me go into a new world and let someone else give me advice. It is so valuable and therapeutic.
I love comedy shows as well. I like to have something I can just turn on and laugh. Something I don’t really have to think about. I love The Office, Friends, The Mindy Project, New Girl. All those feel good shows that are just funny and help me get my mind off of the things that are causing me anxiety.
I know that anxiety is something a lot of you struggle with. I want to thank you for reaching out to me with your comments and questions. I like to believe that we are all in this together. My goal for this year is to finally start to live and be happy. I want to show my confidence and just live.
Life is really difficult and the world is a scary place. But I know that mine is not as bad as some. I know that I am extremely lucky and I sometimes feel guilty for worrying so much. But it has become so ingrained in me that for a long time I didn’t know how to deal with it all. But I am working on it. Things are changing and I am incredibly grateful for all of the love and support.
Anxiety sucks. Life is hard. We all struggle sometimes. But I know how important it is to be strong. I know that it’s okay to put myself first sometimes. I know that it’s okay to say no and not need an excuse. I also know that I need to challenge myself. I need to push myself beyond my boundaries. I need to step out of my comfort zones. The moral of the story is, I need to live my life.
Thank you for reading this incredibly long post. It means a lot. I hope that this helps you in some way if you are struggling or know someone else who is struggling. Share this with them. Reach out if you have any other questions. Comment or reach out to me on social media. I know this is a more personal post, but I still hope you enjoyed it. I hope this benefits at least one person. Until next time, I love you all.