Navigating Anxiety, Healing, and Self-Love: My personal journey.

Navigating Anxiety, healing and self-love for European Mental Health Awareness Week

In recognition of European Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to share my personal experience with anxiety, hoping that this will help you feel less alone and give you hope that it is possible to manage it. For me, it was a challenging journey that stemmed from a toxic relationship in 2019, leaving me with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. It took me time and personal growth work through therapy and self-love, but I overcame my anxiety and found healing.

In this blog post, I want to help you believe that healing is possible. And also, take the opportunity to share knowledge about the topic, which despite being quite common, is still stigmatized. We will explore the nature of anxiety, its causes, the impact it can have, and potential solutions, including effective anxiety relief options that have helped me. 

An Emotional Rollercoaster

Anxiety can manifest in various ways, affecting both our physical and emotional well-being. I vividly remember the intense fear, worry, and restlessness that consumed me. It felt like a constant battle with my own thoughts, leaving me drained and overwhelmed. Simple triggers could escalate into full-blown panic attacks, making it difficult to function in everyday situations.

What Anxiety Feels Like: The Weight of Uncertainty

Living with anxiety meant constantly being on edge. Leaving the house became an ordeal as I feared running into my abuser or encountering situations that could reignite traumatic memories. Socializing with friends also became a source of anxiety, as the unknown loomed over me. It was a relentless struggle to regain a sense of safety and control. Does this feel familiar? If so, bear with me and know that it is possible to change it. 

Why Anxiety Happens: Unraveling the Causes

Anxiety often arises from various underlying factors. For me, it was the aftermath of a toxic relationship that left deep emotional scars. The experience of abuse triggered my fight-or-flight response, which led to the development of PTSD, and depression. Understanding the root causes of anxiety is crucial in finding effective coping mechanisms and embarking on the path to recovery.

When Anxiety Takes Over: Navigating Life's Challenges

Anxiety can exert a profound influence on our lives, hindering personal growth and impeding everyday activities. It becomes challenging to pursue our goals or engage in social interactions when anxiety is overpowering. My journey involved seeking therapy, which played a pivotal role in helping me regain control over my life and build resilience against anxiety’s grip. However, a thought that has always helped me, and still does, is the idea that anxiety is fear-based.  That said, I got used to asking myself “What am I afraid of?” every time anxiety rises. This way I distract myself from the anxiety itself while I dig deeper to find the root cause. 

anxiety is fear based

Can Anxiety Be Cured: A Beacon of Hope

While anxiety may never completely disappear, it is possible to manage and alleviate its impact. With the right support, therapy, and self-care practices, you can find relief and develop strategies to cope with anxiety. It took me time, but through dedicated effort, investing in my personal growth, and a renewed sense of self-love, today is rare an occasion in which anxiety feels overwhelming. 

Tips to relief anxiety that have helped me:

  • Practice Deep Breathing: Deep, diaphragmatic breathing can help activate the body’s relaxation response and calm anxious thoughts.
  • Engage in Regular Exercise: This made a particularly big difference for me and still does. It is known that physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. But for me, especially resistance training helped me feel strong and in control, and can highly recommend it. 
  • Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle: It’s not easy especially when you are “battling” with your mental health. But make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet, and avoiding excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, as they can exacerbate anxiety symptoms.
  • Challenge Negative Thinking: Identify and challenge negative or irrational thoughts that contribute to anxiety. Replace them with positive and realistic affirmations.
  • Establish a Routine: Even when I was not working I had a timetable and weekly plan. Creating a structured daily routine can provide a sense of stability and control, which can help manage anxiety.
  • Social Media Consumption: I’m not going to lie, sometimes, especially when feeling anxious, scrolling through social media can be quite helpful. However, this is only helping the symptoms but not the cause. If you can’t limit exposure to news or social media that will contribute to anxiety, at least try to focus on positive and uplifting content instead by re-defining what shows on your feed. 
  • Seek Support: I am the first to help others and the last to ask for help. I had to learn because it is very important for the healing process. Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or support groups. Sharing your feelings and experiences can provide comfort and a sense of belonging. 
  • Spinner Rings: I discovered them much later when my anxiety was already much better, but still, I have loved them ever since. These rings are a beautiful and subtle accessory, with some spinning motifs. By spinning you can concentrate your stress and anxiety in the movement without anyone noticing. I loved the concept so much that I had to add them to our shop. If you are curious, you can find them here.

Anxiety Without Reason: Unraveling the Complexities

Breathing exercises and mindfulness to calm anxiety

Anxiety can surface without an apparent reason or trigger. It’s important to recognize that it doesn’t always have a logical explanation and can arise unexpectedly. Acknowledging this complexity helps to avoid self-blame or invalidating one’s own experiences. But no matter the reason, remember to be kind to yourself. Don’t make yourself wrong for it, talk to you as you would talk to a friend struggling with the same situation. 

Know when to look for professional help

When dealing with anxiety, it is essential to know when to seek support from a medical professional. While self-help strategies and coping mechanisms are effective, there are instances where professional intervention is necessary. If your anxiety significantly interferes with your daily life, relationships, or overall well-being, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider or mental health specialist. They can provide an accurate diagnosis, offer tailored treatment options, and guide you through your healing journey. Remember, reaching out for professional help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step towards prioritizing your mental health and finding long-term relief from anxiety.

Shedding Light on a Widespread Issue – According to World Health Organization (WHO)

Anxiety is a prevalent mental health condition, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. According to recent statistics, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions, with approximately 1 in 4 people experiencing anxiety at some point in their lives. These numbers emphasize the importance of raising awareness and providing support to those affected by anxiety.

Anxiety doesn't define you

That said, we hope you feel less alone and can be kind to yourself rather than making yourself wrong for it. We do invite you though to find strategies to help you cope and heal. I hope sharing a bit of my experience helped but everyone’s journey is unique. Make sure to find a combination of strategies that work best for you. It may take time and experimentation to discover the most effective techniques.

My journey with depression and anxiety taught me the importance of self-love, seeking support, and utilizing various strategies to alleviate its impact. Anxiety doesn’t have to define who we are or limit our potential for growth and happiness.

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