Real Talk: My Struggle With Anxiety

Anxiety. It’s a secret emotion. And we’re all struggling with it to some degree. But it doesn’t have to be a secret anymore.

It is a blessing to have this platform, so I feel it is my responsibility to speak my truth and spread this important message. I want to tell you that you are not alone with this emotion. Living with your anxiety in secret makes this emotion so much worse.

Today, I’ve decided to come out of my anxiety closet and share my secret struggle with it.

Over the last few months, my anxiety has increased and I haven’t felt safe to talk about. I’ve been and pondering why I don’t feel safe to talk about it. I realised It’s time for me to be brave enough to come forward and share this struggle with this community. You guys are such a huge part of my life and you deserve to hear my truth. If I am struggling, perhaps many of you are too. I remembered that being real is always relatable and this is how JSHealth began in the first place.

You see, my anxiety has never worried me because I am a highly functioning anxious person. It actually helps me get shit done. I’m also a very happy anxious person. I love my life and feel incredibly grateful. It completely drives me to achieve my dreams and goals. But lately, it’s been harder to shut down the racing thoughts.

In December last year, my best friend and soul sister passed away. She took her own life. And I believe so much of her pain was because she didn’t feel free or safe to talk about her pain and anxiety. She felt so alone with her struggles. And she wasn’t. That is what hurts the most.

In honour of her, I want to talk about this more. I’m writing this because I know she would have wanted me to. Before she passed, she told me to spread this message. I want to allow JSHealth to be a platform where we feel safe to talk, to be vulnerable and to feel free to experience the pain and anxiety. It’s important to know these emotions are actually part of life. Together, we can find ways to manage it better and support one another.

It’s important to know that you can have ‘everything’ you’ve ever wanted and still be anxious. It is an emotion we simply cannot and should not judge. You see, we seem to have this expectation that we should to feel calm, happy and positive at all times. Well, I agree we should aim to feel these positive emotions more. But it’s unrealistic to think we going to get through life with total ease and zero inner turmoil.

This world we live in is full of pressure and stress, which is contributing to our state of anxiety. It is never going to be a perfect place of calm. I want us to feel safe to talk about the not so petty parts of life. Together, we can find better ways to manage it.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been finding ways to manage my anxiety. It is amazing how some tools and techniques can relieve it, even just a little bit. I will be sharing these with you over the coming weeks.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for listening.

 

Love Jess xx

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