01, 02, 2017
One of my goals for 2017 it to better manage my anxiety. I figured that writing a blog post about the matter would help, but the truth is… I have anxiety about talking about anxiety. AAAAAAGGGHHHH It’s just one of those topics I guess.
Well, let’s give it a go…
1. Being Sensitive is not a Fault
It can be really frustrating to hear: “Why do you have to be so sensitive??” Being sensitive to emotion, whether they be your emotions or the emotions of others, is a strength. The world needs more people like you!
Before seeing the TED talk titled The Gentle Power of Highly Sensitive People by Elena Herdieckerhoff, I had always seen my sensitivity as something that I needed to “get over”.
But after hearing her thoughts, I’m not so worried about it. Elena Herdieckerhoff does a fantastic job of emphasizing the fact that sensitivity is, in fact, a strength.
2. Anxiety is Difficult to Spot
Usually, there is no way of knowing that someone struggles with anxiety just by looking at them. It is VERY easy to think that you don’t know a single soul who struggles with anxiety like you do, but the thing is, people have a knack for looking perfectly fine in spite of their struggles with anxiety. The point is, you are not alone!
3. Self-Care Self-Care Self-Care
From a detox bath to doing a craft, self-care can mean loads of things! In short, self-care means taking the time to slow down, reconnect, and recharge. On Sundays, I’m usually partial to a good old detox bath (especially one that’s chock-full of ginger and lemongrass oil). At least for me, self-care needs to be planned. When I do it on a whim, it tends to not be as helpful. Picture a balloon. Anxiety occurs when life happens, and your balloon is filed to the point that it’s in danger of popping. Self-care is you letting air out of your anxiety balloon.
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