'Anxiety' Isn't a Dirty Word


Dear friend

I’m sorry to hear you aren’t great at the moment.

That you’ve been feeling anxious.

That your heart has been beating faster.

Your mind has been racing.

Your worries are escalating.

You haven’t been able to sleep.

You would rather stay at home than face the world.

I am sorry that you feel like other people don’t always understand.

They think you are making a fuss.

Being a diva.

Questioning what you have to be anxious about.

But I know there’s a lot going on in your life.

You have a stressful job.

Your boss is unreasonable.

The kids keep you on your toes.

I know you worry about money.

You want to shift those stubborn baby pounds, but can’t.

You feel like you aren’t quite good enough even though you are better than you will ever know.

Did you know many other people are dealing with anxiety.

You aren’t alone.

Anxiety can be triggered by lots of things.

It is personal, but it isn’t exclusive to you.

You might think everyone else copes regardless.

They don’t.

We might look like it’s all under control, but it isn’t.

Anxiety doesn’t make you a bad person.

It doesn’t mean you are weak.

It shouldn’t be sneered at.

Using it as ammunition is as cruel as it is ignorant.

Life can be tough.

Challenges come our way.

We all deal with it differently.

It might feel like it, but you’re not alone.

Anxiety can be scary, but it is important to try to talk to someone you trust.

Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

You can help get back on track.

Take a step back.

Go for a run.

Meditate.

Yoga and pilates are great ways to chill out and regroup.

Deep breaths can keep you calm.

Color.

Clean the house.

Go out on your bike.

Sing.

Cry.

If you start to feel worse, tell someone.

Remember, I am here if you need to talk.

Anxiety is part of modern day life.

It isn’t a dirty word.

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