Let's talk about anxiety 👉 I know this is "trendy" now but I think it's still important to discuss and important to help people understand. So let's talk about anxiety in a way that might make more sense ✨ .
For this analogy, I'm going to compare anxiety to getting the flu. Both are illnesses - one is physical, one is mental. But it's easier for the general population to understand physical illness, so that's what we'll go with 🌱
If you get a flu shot - you can still get the flu.
If you are treated for anxiety/go to therapy - you can still deal with bouts of anxiety.
If you get sick with the flu - it's probably not at a convenient time.
If you deal with anxiety - it probably won't be convenient either.
If you get the flu - you wouldn't blame yourself. You wouldn't say that it was your fault.
Neither is anxiety. It's nothing that you did that led to that diagnosis. It's not your fault. It doesn't make you a weak person.
If you get the flu - you treat it. You rest, allow your body to heal, provide it with the proper nutrients, and alter your life/plans as needed to ensure recovery.
So why don't we treat anxiety the same way? It's a mental illness. You deserve to treat it, to allow yourself to rest and recover, to confront your triggers and deal with them, to help others understand how you need to alter your life to treat it.
As someone who both suffers from anxiety and has friends that suffer from anxiety - these things are crucial to understand so that I can be more gentle with myself and more understanding with others. #YouDeserveHelp