Hey there! Welcome officially to my first BLOGPOST!!!! (Clapping & Cheering).
I won’t ramble, Im just going to share with you 5 things I wish I knew about Anxiety that would have made my life so much easier.
Knowledge is power. If I only knew back then, what I know now, I would be so much further ahead. That’s life tho! So, you are lucky because you don’t have to wait any longer to learn! Here they are!
1. Everyone can have an anxiety crisis or an anxiety attack. It is not the same as having an anxiety disorder.
In any point in life, anyone can get anxious for a certain situation causing anxiety to manifest through feeling fear or many other ways.
Anxiety disorder however, is when those episodes of fear come without a real trigger or reason. It’s uncontrollable and unavoidable.
Knowing this helped me seek guidance for my problem. Not knowing about anxiety disorder can drive you crazy. All I could think was, ” Am I really being over dramatic like my sisters tell me?” “Why can’t I control myself?” “Am i fu**ed up from the head?” All these doubts and questions get cleared up once you get the guidance needed!
2. There are different types of anxiety disorders.
I for example have Severe Panic Disorder. Other people have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder etc….
Different types of anxiety have different symptoms and they all manifest differently in every person. So just because one person has a sever case going on, doesn’t mean it will be the same for you.
3. Don’t google your symptoms!
Seriously, don’t! Google will kill you in 3 months with a heart disease. I swear I would google my symptoms all the time looking for an answer. That would only get me thinking I had all the illnesses in the world, which ended up giving me more anxiety.
STOP GOOGLING! Put your pants on and head to the doctor. Ask for a full physical, let them know your symptoms without fear of judgement. Don’t leave anything out. That way you will get the help you need and you will get better!
4. Anxiety Disorder can’t be cured.
My heart was broken when I asked my therapist how I could cure my anxiety and he said “YOU CANT”. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to say. Because I had my hopes up, that I was one day going to be able to cure it. The thing is, that when I didn’t know that there was no cure, I felt miserable anyway. Thinking I was so weak for not being able to get rid of my anxiety.
My doctor then moved on to point number
5. You can learn to live a happy life even with a mental disorder.
I seriously thought I was going to live with panic attacks for the rest of my life!
“Crap! Now I am stuck, feeling scared forever! Hiding so people don’t see my horrible reality.”
Nope! That was not the case. With self awareness, self love and consistency in creating and sticking to new healthy habits, I have been panic attack free for 2 years now. Yeah I still have anxiety. It’s part of me but it doesn’t define me. It does not define what I do or how I live my life! I have learned to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. With ups and downs (you don’t need to have anxiety for that) but still moving forward and excited about life!
So there you go!
5 things that have made my journey easier. The most important thing I want you to remember is that you don’t have to live in fear. You can create your reality and you can live the life you dream and deserve!
I love you and I will see you on my next blog post!