headspace | things that anxiety taught me

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I’m on my way to recovery, I can genuinely feel it. It’s a good thing, though I’m not completely passed my anxiety/depressive phase. There’s a steady progression and that’s enough. 😊 Along the way to recovery, I pick up some valuable life lessons that I may not have learnt that quickly if it’s not for the anxiety and depression.

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Let’s be honest here, anxiety is a pretty shitty thing to deal with. It’s a constant weight on your shoulders, a literal pain that won’t go away. They say that tough times make tough people. So here are some of the things I’ve learned through my toughest obstacle yet.

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Be kind to others// Often times we don’t realise how much of a difference we could make in so many peoples’ lives if we were just kind to them. Be kind to people, you might be the only one who is. 💕

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Not everyone in the world is against you// With anxiety disorders you often feel as if everyone is out to get you. You always feel as though people wish hell upon you, and you feel as though you deserve it. This is not true, and most people aren’t this evil. It’s just your mind playing tricks on you..as per usual. Buttt… There are also some nasty people out there. You have to recognise these people quickly and not fall into their scheme to deprecate you. You don’t deserve to be treated badly. My psychiatrist taught me this one, and it helps me a lot in filtering out the toxic people from my life. 😊

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Not everyone understands what anxiety is// Anxiety is something that not everyone can relate to. It’s this evil invisible disease, that could be more debilitating than you may think. Although people may try to be sympathetic, it’s something that is not easy to understand. A thing about anxiety, it comes and goes as it pleases, often without an explanation. So it’s definitely not easy to understand, especially if one isn’t affected by it.

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Mental health comes first//  You need to take care of yourself first and foremost. I had a hard time believing this one because I was too focus on performing well in class. Today’s society puts so much pressure on us we often forget to take care of our personal well being. If you need a day to recuperate from things that’s okay! Allow yourself this time.

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You have more people than you know who are here for you// This is something I discovered through my years with anxiety. People, more often than not, are willing to lend a helping hand. Family and friends — you’ll be amazed on how many people who would stick by you. But mind you, there will be people who would slowly disappear from your life because of the anxiety, but that’s okay. Forgive and don’t hold hard feelings against them. It’d take off soo much burden from you. 😊

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The cure for anything is laughter// They say laughter is the best medicine. Find someone or something that makes you laugh and treasure it. There really is nothing better than a good laugh. To be honest, humour is the thing that helps me hold on to my sanity during this hard time experiencing all this shitty anxiety symptoms.

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It makes you appreciate things more// Anxiety is something that can make life very challenging. It is also something that teaches you to appreciate good times and good people when things get difficult.

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How to help others//  You learn how to listen and genuinely help others. After dealing with this yourself you feel the need to help others that may be going through something similar. Anxiety sort of trains you to be compassionate.

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You are strong//  Having anxiety makes you stronger as a person. Yes, everyone has their moments, but you are overall strong from it. It teaches you how to deal when things don’t always go smoothly. Dealing with something that challenges you everyday makes you realise there is nothing you can’t handle. #girlpower

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