Anxiety

“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Ian Maclaren

I often have to remind myself of this simple fact. Sometimes I find myself so wrapped up in my own thoughts and my own anxieties that I forget other people have them too. While that sounds incredibly selfish — and it is — I’m just so overwhelmed most of the time. I have a million thoughts racing through my mind at any given time during the day. You know, kind of like this:

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Although, I think that same sentiment can be true for everyone — I just couldn’t find an eCard that didn’t say “men.” I try to use techniques I have learned along the way to quell the racing thoughts: deep breathing, listening to classical music, or focusing on what is happening right now. They don’t always seem to help. I think what does help me is talking. I keep so many of these thoughts to myself that I often find myself rambling on when I have the chance to speak to someone about one of the topics weighing on me.

I’ll admit that my therapist has been on maternity leave for what seems like forever, but the longer I go without a session, the more I seem to have the racing thoughts. It’s a fantastic outlet to share any and all thoughts with someone who is completely focused on you and what you are saying.

A lot of people shy away from talking about therapy or mental health problems in general. That’s not me. I have found that the more open I am, the more understanding people are when I am struggling. I used to worry that people would think I was being dramatic or attention-seeking, which is not the case. But the more I had the chance to share some of my experiences, not only did I find people were incredibly understanding, but also that they also felt comfortable sharing their struggles.

Don’t be afraid to open up and share. If you don’t have someone you feel comfortable with in your personal life, I encourage you to schedule an appointment with a therapist. Feel free to share with us some of your mind calming techniques in the comments below. I’d love to know what helps you put your mind at ease.

And please remember that you are not alone, and if you or someone you know is in crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to talk 24/7/365 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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