29 Days of Self-Care DAY EIGHTEEN: Release Your Anxiety.
Release Your Anxiety.
Did you know that 1 in every 4 Canadians suffers from anxiety? In all honesty, we are surprised it's not 3 out of 4.
Anxiety is a real problem. It creates unhealthy mindsets that lead to sick bodies and most of the time; we aren't even aware that we are suffering from it. Time deadlines, lack of control, social intimidation to communication, anxiety is triggered everywhere. Tight chest, racing heartbeat, flash sweats to fatigue, depression and lack of confidence, anxiety has many forms. The unfortunate truth is that even in today's age, we have a social stigma against mental illness. We have judgment against those who display signs of suffering. We make fun of public meltdowns by discrediting what the person is going through and claim they should suck it up. Be a man. Tough it out.
None of this is healthy, and the most critical factor is that mental illness is not uncommon. In fact, many of us are dealing with different forms of mental illness every day. Why do we give ourselves such a hard time about being human? About being affected by stress or insecurities? Why do we force ourselves to present a public image of calm and collected, unaffected when none of it is real?
There's courage in admitting you are having a hard time working through something. There's power in honesty. And there's strength in asking for help. We know first hand what it's like to have a mental illness. We know first hand what it's like to have panic attacks. To suffocate in anxiety. Thankfully, we found ways to manage it.
Having open and honest communication with others about boundaries and needs. Being honest about when we are struggling. Finding ways to channel all the pent-up stress into our training. Physically exerting all the tightness out of our chest and negative thoughts out of our minds.
Take care of yourself. Be proactive in finding ways that work for you. Talk to supportive friends. Journal out your thoughts. Go for a run. Go to the gym. Meditate. Whatever it is that works for you, make it a priority. Integrate it fully into your day. Your mental and physical health should always be your top priority, and there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of because you are not alone.
Thanks for reading amigos, stay tuned for DAY NINETEEN of our 29 Days of Self-Care Series!