I have anxiety. I know I am not unique in this; I have friends, family, and acquaintances who also struggle with anxiety.
It is both comforting and disheartening to know I am not alone with my struggle. Comforting because I am reassured that I am not the only one dealing with the numerous struggles anxiety brings along; however, it is disheartening because I know how awful it is to deal with these struggles day in and day out.
Anxiety often goes undiagnosed because, like every other mental illness, it is misunderstood. In order for us as a society to properly help and treat those with a mental illness, it is essential for us to increase our knowledge about the subject.
How could we begin to understand anxiety better? As a society, it is so, so important for each and every one of us to increase our understanding of anxiety.
This leads me to my question: What would anxiety say to us, you know, if it could actually talk to us?
I think it would let us know that anxiety does not pick and choose who it visits. It visits most people; sometimes it has short visits, sometimes longer visits, and sometimes forever. Anxiety doesn’t discriminate; no matter your sex, race, sexual orientation, hair color… you get the idea: it will pick and choose you. It will visit you, creep through your veins, cloud your mind and judgment while twisting in your stomach. No one is immune to the thunderous storm that is anxiety.
It would say that despite popular belief, it is not always the devil it appears to be. Sometimes, it may occur to give us that extra push we need. It can help us better prepare for a test, meeting, presentation, etc. Believe it or not, sometimes anxiety can be a beneficial, helpful tool in small doses. We need a small amount of anxiety to come through our door in order to be productive and successful human beings.
I suppose sometimes anxiety has the capability of outstaying its welcome. For some, anxiety affects their everyday life. It doesn’t simply knock at the door before entering; it barges in, possibly ripping the door off its frame. Anxiety makes itself at home in our brain and heart while taking over our body. At this point, we need help to get rid of it.
I’d hope that if anxiety could in fact talk to us, it would tell us that it is not as powerful as we think it is. I hope anxiety would let us know its weaknesses: a distracted brain, exercise, healthy food, medicine. That way, we would know for sure that it is in fact possible for us to beat the anxiety.
Anxiety has the power to take over our body and cripple every bone in their body. Anxiety will come whether we want it or not, sometimes in helpful amounts but sometimes in extreme amounts. If we find a way, we can stop it before it barges through our day.