5 Things To Know About Anxiety

I have had anxiety since i can remember i just never knew what it was and i couldn’t explain it without someone telling me it was all in my head or just for someone to tell me to get over it (as if it’s as easy as that). I’ve talked to my doctor who has prescribed medications to help me deal with my daily life. I take that medication but i also help manage my anxiety naturally as well with Valerian Root, St. John’s Wart, & Cherry Plum drops.

There usually isn’t just one thing that can place you in the throws of a panic attack, it can happen at any time really.

When you feel the storm rolling in you’ll notice your heart rate speeds drasticly, which causes you to feel dizzy or faint sometimes even weak, sweating, my muscles tense up, chest pains, numbing of the fingers, difficulty breathing or taking in breaths, also the lose of control is persistent.

When an attack occurs i want to be left alone to deal with the mess that is going on in my head. Sometimes i don’t know how i will make it through one that seems like it is going on forever when in reality is only a couple of minutes. Once it’s usually over i have tears streaming down my face while i gasp for air.

What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interrupt with one’s daily life.

5 Things People Living With Anxiety Want You To Know:
1. Anxiety disorders are not just worrying, it can be debilitating and disabling condition.
2. Anxiety suffers don’t like to worry, but that is how this illness keeps us as prisoners in our own bodies.
3. People with anxiety disorders are not antisocial. Given the way our body reacts to anxiety we try not to put ourselves in a situation that can bring on an attack.
4. We are still a work in progress, which may feel to us like a never ending process.
5. Our anxiety disorder isn’t who we are, it isn’t our personality. We shouldn’t be defined by the borders we’ve set for ourselves to help keep our anxiety at bay.

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  1. Exactly! People would rather see me as antisocial. I think it’s easier for them to assume that than to believe there is an actual reason. Maybe they’re afraid they’ll have to deal with it. Ha! Good post!

  2. Wow, I really enjoyed reading this! I look forward to your future posts:D Maybe you might like some of the things I write about on my blog.. especially the one I wrote about anxiety! feel free to have a look!


  3. Anxiety is a problem facing millions of people, with some estimates as high as 40% of the adult population. And sooner or later everybody will know anxiety. I also wrote “8 Techniques For Fighting Anxiety When it Overwhelms You” on Medium: https://goo.gl/ClAKfQ

  4. I have suffered for years and the worse thing is that I know most people think I can just get over it ! Do they not think I would love too xxx sending you kisses and hugs

  5. I couldn’t agree more. I get told “don’t worry”, but people don’t seem to realize that it isn’t that easy.

  6. Thank you so much for your insight. I don’t struggle with this but my sister does so it is good to see how to help her.

  7. I just recently realized that I had it after having kids. I’m so glad that I took the time to learn about how to help myself deal with it because it’s made a world of difference!

    1. Yes, it really does. Somedays are more trying than others but if your use to it you can fake being ok for the life events you have set on those days. I am glad you found a way to manage it.

  8. I have panic disorder and this is really important for a lot of people to read who may not have any form of anxiety. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Most of the people i talk to about it just dont understand the toll it takes mentally and physically.

  9. This is so true. I went by for years, just thinking I was an “over thinker” until one day it hit me, it was anxiety. I know that I am lucky to maybe have a more “mild” case of it and to be very in-tune with myself that as soon as I realized that I could no longer handle my anxiety by myself and that it just seemed to keep “getting worse,” I went and got the support I needed. I love hearing people talk about it, not because I want them to go through it, but I love the awareness that is raised for this silent disease.

    1. I thought at first i was over thinking too then i started having the panic attacks and it terrified me because i had no idea what it was. I wasn’t going to post this because i try to stay away from controversy and thought i’d get backlash. Your right though, it would help if more people knew.

  10. “Our anxiety disorder isn’t who we are, it isn’t our personality. We shouldn’t be defined by the borders we’ve set for ourselves to help keep our anxiety at bay.” I love that quote so much–it’s so wise and important to remember, both for us people with anxiety, and those who love us! Thanks for this!

    1. I thought so too, i love the quote myself. I try to let my friends know that it isn’t them it is me. On those days when it’s at its peak the last thing i want to do is step into a crowd of people i don’t know.

  11. I can SO relate to this. Thank you for sharing. People need to know the truth about anxiety! #1 is SO true!

    1. I am actually glad i posted it. I thought i would get backlash but you guys have been so supportive and it makes it easier knowing i am not the only one.

  12. Thank you for sharing this. It’s sad when people say “get over it”, since that isn’t something that can happen,

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Yeah, my frienfs and family say it all the time. Hah, that is why i added it close to the top of the list. Hehe they read this blog, dropping hints where i can. Hah.

  13. I totally agree, Emily! My anxiety levels spike at the thought of work parties and large family gatherings, but I love giving book talks, presentations and bar-tending. It really must be the feeling of control or lack there of.

    1. Oh man large family gatherings are the worst. You know it’s not because of my family just everyone being in 1 house, whew! There are about 75 of us all together (& we are all loud). I am glad I’m not the only one skipping work parties too.

  14. I think #1 is important to remember. When I experience anxiety, I feel like I’m so often offered the advice, “don’t worry.”
    But it’s not worry.
    Worry is something I can control. Anxiety is not.

    1. Yes, i feel the same way. I feel when a friend or family member says something it makes it worse because i think if they can see it then its showing so who else is going to know.

  15. I think #3 is so wise. I love how you phrased that people with anxiety want to avoid having a reaction, but not necessarily other people! Social situations where we feel a sense of control and safety can make all the difference.

    1. Yes, i thought it was a key pointer. Its not that we don’t want to go it is just that we feel like we have no control in a room full of strangers.

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