My struggle with anxiety
Today I woke up covered in hives, which is a sign that I should talk about my anxiety. The whole goal of this podcast is to discuss my anxiety and how it affects me, so people out there, especially my listeners who suffer from anxiety know that they are not alone in this
My experience with anxiety started back in middle school, yet it wasn’t until I got married that I went to a doctor about it. In 2015, I underwent a lot of major changes in my life, getting married, moving to a new town, changing jobs and attending Catholic church for the first time. It took a trip to the ER for me to finally realize anxiety cannot be self-controlled. Sitting here recording, I am covered in hives, and its what triggered this episode. It is very difficult to know that there is an aspect of your life that you cannot control. Asking for help and being prescribed medication for my anxiety actually helped mellow that voice in my head that used to coax me into stressing about little things.
The aim of me sharing this is to encourage you to self-reflect and become aware of what makes you uncomfortable and know the situations put your mind to peace. I could have avoided so many terrible instances of hives and stress if I knew that these two were related, and that there were things out there that could help make my life easier.
There is nothing to be embarrassed and ashamed about my stress, it should not be a taboo topic anymore.
It’s okay to not be in complete control. This is just how my body works. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Knowing how my body works, and how I can cope with the stress just gives me more power to control my life!
It is important to take care of yourself, it doesn’t mean that I lack control, it doesn’t mean I am inept as a human, it doesn’t change my intelligence. I am just one of many in the world that live with anxiety.
I am sharing this to let you know that you are not alone, I do not want anyone to go through the discomfort that you are the only one dealing with anxiety.
Be bold, ask for help if you feel you need it.