Coping with anxiety
This post is for anyone who needs a mental break, something to stay present, and slow down.
For those of you who are new to my blog, I’ve been on a journey with my friends anxiety and depression for the past 4 years. They really came alive last year, which is one of the main reasons I quit my job and Peter and I moved back in with my parents as of last fall. I spent a few months in counseling, resting from work and spending more time with family and my new puppy Cooper to alleviate the symptoms. By the time spring rolled around this year, I felt almost back to normal: I was going 3 months without any major panic attacks, and was back in the swing of things with blogging and creating content like I had hoped. I was able to stay present, enjoy life, and had a fairly optimistic outlook on the days ahead.
Yet who am I to really know where I’m going or what will happen to me today or tomorrow? I thought I was on the road towards full recovery, until a few bumps came along,
and a few more,
and some bigger ones…
and so I crashed.
The past two weeks have been tough, with panic attacks coming back again, sleepless nights, depression creeping back into my heart. While I had plans to post content exclusively to promote plastic free July (which is still a great cause), I had difficulty being able to think straight, and lacked so much motivation to film and record my own voice for the fear of others noticing my rather sad tone of voice compared to usual. I realized that it’s no use for me to hold in my emotions, creating a facade which hides the reality I am experiencing.
For all I know, there’s probably a handful of you in my small community that are also dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, or mental struggles. Though my vision for this blog has always been to advocate simple and sustainable living, I can’t help but think that the struggles I’m facing may be the very ones someone else on the other side of a screen is facing too. While I’m not providing anything that will cure your mental health overnight, I thought I’d share a few simple things I’ve been doing recently to help me stay present, and I hope the video above reminds you to slow down and stay present too in the case you are also struggling. I’ve had a tough few weeks but a combination of all these things have helped me so much to get back up on my feet. I am praying for those of you who are also feeling down, and know that I usually reply to all my emails in the case you need someone to talk to.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. - Psalm 55:22