Anxiety can be a touchy subject to talk about, especially around people who don’t fully understand the extent of what it puts you through. Often it’s hard to describe how it feels to someone who hasn’t or doesn’t experience it and even if you can put together the words that sometimes doesn’t even do it justice. I have anxiety and I have battled with it for years. I worry about things I can’t control, I leap to the worst case scenario, I want everything to be perfect. I worry about what people think about me, I worry about events in the way future when the event in the present hasn’t even happened yet.

I get into my mind and it’s like sitting in a dark room trying to plan out your life twelve steps ahead, while trying to go through the normal things a person goes through- then worry about it. It’s a constant distraction and a constant thought in your head of “what if?” It is not only physically draining and can be harmful on your body but emotionally taxing as well. The unfortunate part of anxiety is that it can lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks, for me, happen when I am at a breaking level of holding everything in, then bursting at the seams. Not all panic attacks are the same and everyone handles them differently. When I have one I start to cry which leads me to not being able to breathe, which then leads to me rocking back and forth on the ground, then completely out of it for the rest of the day. It’s scary. Over the years I’ve found ways to identify by triggers before I reach that point. Different types of breathing techniques or activities to get your mind off of the anxiousness help a lot too.   

Bottom line is that you have to do what is right for you in your life to take care of your mental health. Mental health is just as of a big deal as bodily health. Without your mind being focused and sharp it begins to take a serious toll. We need to be more aware of mental health and how easily it can be affected by anything. Too much pressure from parents, too much pressure from peers, too much of anything really can be seriously harmful. Take a break, step back, and learn to breathe. Communication and knowledge of issues or stressors going on in your life are huge pieces to the anxiety puzzle. It does help if you know you’re going through something stressful to openly talk about it. Acknowledge it’s a big deal but talk with those around you so they know and they can help you through it. Don’t bottle things up inside and think it’ll all just go away because it doesn’t. Take your life by the horns and conquer anything that comes at you because you are strong and things like anxiety are normal and you don’t have to go through it alone. Also don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be ashamed if you have break downs; don’t worry if you have to take medicine to help you through your tough times. It’s okay. You have to take care of yourself and if you surround yourself with loving people who what to lift you up and help you through it then you’ve already won and it makes it that much easier.

Lizzie is one of the social media editors and content writer for Tribe Twenty One. She’s a recent graduate from Murray State University with a major in advertising. Lizzie is super spunky and is obsessed with anything coffee. Right now, Lizzie works with Tribe 21 to help lift up young women and to inspire them to pursue what sets their soul on fire.

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