It’s mental health awareness week, so I thought I would give you an update to my Anxiety blog post back in January.
I’m not going to go into depth about why I feel the way I do and how I became anxious about the little things – purely because I can’t – but I can tell you I’m much better than I was in January. I’ve learnt a lot over the past couple of months. I’ve been through a lot. It is still very difficult to explain why I feel the way I do, but it’s getting easier. Although it’s irritating when people don’t understand, I’ve learnt to be patient. I’ve learnt that there are other people in the world just like me and I know that I’m not alone.
I still panic, as everyone does, but my attacks are definitely nothing compared to what they were a couple of months ago. I’ve learnt to take myself away from situations where I feel most anxious and almost for-see my anxiety creeping in. Breathing exercises are the best thing for me recently, taking time out to think and realise that there really is nothing to worry about. I’ve learnt to be mindful and that helps with my anxiety. My anxiety affects me most when I am at work, so I take breaks, for a couple of minutes, but as I said it has got a lot easier to get through the day with no slip ups.
I still have a lot of support from my family and friends, especially my husband. The past few weeks have been very challenging and have been the toughest of the year so far, but I know I will always have support. Life is about learning and I am learning to take each day at a time and not worry about the small things that don’t matter.
“Be gentle on yourself. You’re doing the best you can”