This is the "not-so pretty" part of my life. I suffer with anxiety. I've read plenty of books on it and how to deal with it. I have realized that the difference between stress and anxiety is that stress is something everyone deals with- an overwhelmed feeling to a lot of tasks. Anxiety is more of something that exceeds stress. It's an overwhelming feeling to tasks that should come easy (chores, homework, going to get gas, etc). It's a crippling feeling or an irrational fear to something that seems mundane. Debilitating, really. I usually listen to music, go for a walk, workout or sleep to get my mind clear. However, I can't shake it today. I feel weak. I feel vulnerable. I feel upset. I miss home. I cry at the most pointless things. Shit, I'm even crying as I type this because I don't know if I'm ready to hear what you think of it. The worst thing you can ask someone with anxiety is Why do you have it? The answer is complicated-- more than half of the time, we really don't know. If we did, we could pinpoint our focus to change it. It doesn't work that way. Just offer to hug them or get their mind off of it because we don't want to discuss it- it makes it worse. So here's where I need you. Those with or without anxiety: I'd love to hear what makes you really happy 💕 I think hearing your emotion may help change mine.