As I have been reflecting on my anxiety journey, I have realized my healing process would not have been as successful without the love and support of my family and close friends. When dealing with any sickness, mental/emotional/physical, it is vital to surround ourselves with people who can support us when we are feeling weak. When left alone, our minds wonder to dark places and we can retreat into isolation. I speak from experience.
When I first started battling my anxiety, many years ago, I did not understand what was happening to me. I only knew that I did not feel like myself and I wanted to be as far away from people as I could. I was embarrassed about what I had become, and I did not want them to see me withdrawn and over-shawded by sickness. As I look back now, I realize hiding was the worst thing I could have done. Had I been able to reach out, perhaps I could have saved myself years of worry. I do not regret any of my journey, because it has molded me into the woman I am today, but I wish I would have been strong enough to reach out to those around me.
You may currently be in a situation where you feel ashamed or embarrassed about what is going on in your life, and you feel that reaching out to others would be the ultimate humiliation. I can personally tell you that I know exactly how you feel. Mental disorders can be a dark and lonely struggle. Even though there really isn’t a cure for mental disorders, it doesn’t have to mean you have to live your life in the shadows. Take the first step towards healing and reach out to someone. There is no shame in admitting you can’t do it alone. There is more strength in seeking help than fighting alone.
It will get better. This is not the end. You are strong. You are a fighter. You will win!