A letter to the anxious: You’ve got this

Your anxiety doesn’t define you

Quick Notes

  • Although anxiety is common, there’s no one fix for everyone.

  • Healing is a journey, and everyone’s journey looks different.

  • Reach out if you’re having trouble.

If you’re currently struggling with managing your anxiety, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 13 people globally suffers from anxiety. Considering there are 7.7 billion people on Earth, that comes out to nearly 600 million people who have to manage an anxiety-related disorder. Even though anxiety is common, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for reducing it.

However difficult your anxiety may be, remember this: there’s a happier, brighter future on the horizon.

Don’t give up hope

Sometimes, healing isn’t linear. And that’s ok. It may seem like you’ve made all this progress just to be thrown into an anxiety attack once again. You may think you’re over certain triggers, and then one hits you like a ton of bricks. You thought you were over this. Why are you feeling so anxious all of a sudden?

Even though these times may be difficult, they’re completely normal. No one heals at the same pace, and sometimes we fall back into old patterns of thinking along the way. Don’t feel like you’ve failed because you’re getting anxious again. It’s all part of the process.

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As long as your being mindful about your anxiety and taking productive measures to help yourself feel good, you’re making progress. The only way for your anxiety to defeat you is if you lose hope.

If you’re feeling down about your anxiety, try making a list of times when you’ve felt good. Make a note of all the times you impressed yourself with how you handled your anxiety. Retrace those moments when you even surprised yourself about not feeling anxious. You’re more than your anxiety, and you’ve got this.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

The most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you need someone to talk to, consider searching for a therapist near you. Some therapists offer sliding-scale pay options and pro-bono sessions. Joining therapy is a major part of self-care. Seeking professional help is a sign that you’re stronger than ever and ready to face your anxiety head-on.

If you’re a college student, research your university’s health and wellness services. Often times, universities will offer free or reduced-rate counseling sessions for students in need. If you’re part of the workforce, ask your employer if they have an employee assistance program. These programs are designed to help employees overcome obstacles that may impact their job performance.

Joining therapy is a major part of self-care. Seeking professional help is a sign that you’re stronger than ever and ready to face your anxiety head-on.

If it seems you’ve tried just about everything, you can contact the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) at 1-800-950-6264 or info@nami.org. This group helps individuals seek affordable mental healthcare in their area. You can also utilize the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 if you simply need someone to talk to about your anxiety.

Anxiety isn’t easy. Healing isn’t linear. However, you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are among the most common issues people face today. Just because it may feel like the world is ending doesn’t mean you can’t be helped. Never lose hope and seek help when you need it. You’ve got this.

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