Monday, May 11, 2020

Living With Anxiety In A Time Of Plague

Illustrator: Kate Allen

Anxiety has a way of sending your brain into complete overdrive. I know, it happens all too frequently with me!

The mental health condition, which affects an estimated 40 million adults in the USA alone, is notorious for causing excessive rumination and intense worry. It’s common for those living with the issue to think about a mistake and believe they’re worthless or a failure, for example. Believe me, you are none of those things!

Sometimes, a feeling of panic comes up for no reason at all. Possibly accentuated during times of stress and perceived isolation. And this is all in addition to the physical symptoms, like stomach pains and headaches. So no fun at all!

If you’re living with anxiety, it’s important to know that there are ways to manage it. If your anxiety becomes debilitating, it’s important to seek help from loved ones that understand, skilled friends who know how to listen or, even better, mental health professionals. 

Reading uplifting cartoons and memes are a great momentary antidote, but nothing substitutes for good care and support.

Feeling better is totally possible. I care. You care. We care. Together we will defeat this shit!

Illustrator: Kate Allen

#Anxiety #LifeIsPrecious #MentalHealthMatters #YouAreStrong

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