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My Anxiety Makes Me Feel Like a Failure

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My anxiety makes me feel like I’m constantly doing everything wrong, even when I’m doing everything right. I can’t shake the feeling I’m not good enough for someone or for something because of it.

My anxiety makes me fear mistakes. I know, deep down, that I’m an imperfect human; yet, I still struggle with thinking that one measly mistake could bring about my downfall in school, in work, in relationships and in my faith. My anxiety is my biggest enemy, but it makes me see failure as such — so, when failure comes, it shakes me to the core. Failure peels away my strength and confidence.

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My anxiety makes me feel like I’m useless — as if I’m not able to contribute anything beneficial to others’ lives and to my own life. I feel like I’m a burden to those around me due to my self-deprecating thoughts. I feel that I’m a bad friend, a bad daughter, a bad worker, a bad girlfriend and a bad person. I struggle to think positively of myself when I have so many negative thoughts trying to beat down on me. I am able to do so much before the thoughts break me.

Yet, I know I am so much more than my anxiety. I know my anxiety doesn’t define who I am and who I will be in the future. I know all I am able to do is try and to be the best person I am able to be for others and for myself. I may fail at times, but I am not a failure. I may be full of anxiety, but I am not my anxiety — not by a long shot.

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Photo by Zohre Nemati on Unsplash

Originally published: February 5, 2019
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