It is Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week in the United States, and we got this beautiful post by Ellie. Check out what her advice is to all those who need to live with it every day and lead a happy life. Make sure you leave a comment below in case you have questions for her.
I was diagnosed with anxiety three years ago and have been living with it every day since.
Before I was diagnosed, I wasn’t really sure what was wrong with me. I had been struggling with going to college and talking to anyone but I thought it was because I just got out of my first relationship.
But it was much more than that.
Living with anxiety daily is definitely a struggle, but despite what people may think, there are days where you don’t notice it and you can be genuinely happy.
But there are days when you get so low and sometimes there’s not even an actual reason for you to feel that way.
Other times there can be a trigger, whether it be something small like seeing an advert or something big like an argument with someone.
For me personally, I get very anxious at night and find it hard to sleep. Other people suffer more during the day or throughout the day.
But despite the struggles that I face, there’s a lot I have learnt from having anxiety.
- I’ve learnt that putting on a brave face is sometimes not always the best thing to do because talking to people about what you’re going through is very important. Even if they don’t quite understand, it can be very therapeutic.
- Although, if you feel as though no one in your family or friendship group will understand, then talking to a professional is very important.
My counsellors helped me so much and taught me meditation routines:
- Breathing in through your nose for seven seconds then breathing out of your mouth for eleven seconds.
- If you practice these at a time such as when you wake up (or whenever you’re not feeling anxious/as anxious) then these will help for when you do get anxious and feel yourself panicking.
Surrounding yourself with negative people has an effect on your mental health, so toxic relationships/friendships can make your anxiety flare up.
But whatever the case, if you feel as though you do have anxiety, then please see a doctor. It is my advice to you.
I hope this can shed some light one what this issue really
Ellie is one of the Original 10 of Ugly Ducklings Inc, and is our guest blogger for National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. She lives in the UK, and is currently studying college. If you think you suffer from anxiety or depression, and need to talk to a professional, check our Resources page to contact someone that can help you.