This is my first edition of coffee chats. If you’ve been around awhile, you know I discuss topics and try to give advice from my young adult perspective. Since I have taken a bit of a break, I decided to give this life talk series a name. Coffee chats. Because I love to chat and I’m a coffee addict. Anyways, moving on.
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about anxiety as a whole. A lot of people struggle with this on a daily basis. It’s like having a constant tornado in your stomach while your mind feels like a washing machine that won’t turn off.
Millions of people on this planet suffer with some sort of anxiety disorder, but those who are fortunate enough to not have to deal with such an issue, sometimes do not realize the difference between anxiety disorder and simply feeling anxious.
Feeling anxious is something everyone has experienced at some point in their day or week. Perhaps you’re about to give a presentation to a large group of people or are about to give a performance. That may cause you to feel anxious.
Having anxiety disorder is entirely more intense. You have that feeling of giving a presentation or the jitters of preparing to perform in front of others all the time. It does not subside and it does not go away.
Your stomach is a constant twister, your mind is heavy and full of thoughts, worry and everything in between. Even your body is tense, tired and run down. It’s a mental illness that affects you physically. And you’re always feeling anxious about something. Always.
People often feel that people with anxiety disorder are “over reacting” or “just need to breath.” Take it from me, that’s not the best thing to say to someone having a panic attack. The best form of advice I can give is soothing them, being there for them, and letting the person know you care. That’s it.
If you or someone in your life is suffering from this, just know it will be okay and you’re not alone in feeling this way nor is the loved one in your life. It’s more common than people think and while it is unfortunate, there is an entire community of people to support one another.
I feel that this type of topic isn’t spoken about enough in a serious manner because people are scared to open up about it or consider the possibility that this may be a reality for them. Starting a conversation about it and being open isn’t a bad thing. It’s 2016 already. Everything and everyone is evolving. The government is passing new laws, people are doing different jobs out of the “norm” and these types of issues should be discussed.
Having shame and hiding them, is what will set us back even further.
Until next time,