Having anxiety can be really hard, and I’ve struggled with it for years. The last few months I’ve been able to control it pretty good, and felt happier than ever, even when faced with anxiety triggers. It wasn’t easy getting to this point, and it takes quite a bit of effort, but everything I do to keep my anxiety under control is more than worth it. I’m a stronger, happier and more confident person now, and I’m no longer letting my anxiety sabotage myself. So what has helped me get to this point?
Having anxiety is hard. It’s always there, sneaking up on you. When you don’t pay attention, it’s there and it’s taking over your life. It sucks. And it’s everywhere, you can’t turn it off. There’s no escape from it. I hate anxiety. And I especially hate it when it tries to mess with my work life. Because my work and my side projects are my passions, and I don’t want anyone to destroy it. I won’t let anyone take it away from me. But still, anxiety tries to sabotage it, all the fucking time.
Two weeks ago, when going through a difficult couple of days that were filled with anxiety triggers, I decided to try and give myself some positive energy and strength by tweeting something positive each hour of the day. And so I started the hashtag #12HoursOfPositivity. For twelve hours long, I tweeted something positive or happy.
I’ve been in therapy for almost a year now, and it’s been helping me improve and become a happier person in so many ways. I’m happy I set my fears of being judged aside and took the step last year, and I think everyone should try therapy at some point in their life.
You know what’s worse than struggling with anxiety? The ignorant advice people give you. Some of these people, or probably even most of them, mean it well. They just want to help. But the advice they give is often either patronizing, harmful, useless, or a combination of those.