wellness wednesday: mental health awareness month

wellness wednesday: mental health awareness month

May is one of my favorite months here on the blog because I love getting to recognize one of the aspects of health + wellness I’m most passionate about: mental health. I’ve never been quiet about my struggles with anxiety + panic attacks, but about two years ago – when I revamped the blog – I posted about my personal struggle with anxiety. When I realized how good it felt to open up about my anxiety and saw how many people it touched, I promised I would continue to be a voice for those that still felt unable to speak out.

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how I cope with a not-so-great day

how I cope with a not-so-great day

Even the most happy-go-lucky people run into bad days – not that I’m saying that’s particularly me, because Lord knows I definitely hit my wit’s end. My point being, we all experience some not so desirable days/situations, and we all search for ways to alleviate the frustration. Everyone has different ways they like to destress, but here’s generally how I cope with my less than perfect days.

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5 ways to manage your anxiety

5 ways to manage your anxiety

I’m not quiet about the fact that I have anxiety. At times, I tend to be that person that thinks my obsessive thoughts and worries will subside before it gets to the point where I feel the need to take any medicine; because after all, “I’m worrying about nothing,” right? I’ve come to realize that anxiety management is hard in with full schedules. Part of the reason that I know I get pushed to the point of insanity is because I’m constantly being torn every which way at all times of the day – and because of that, I have little time to even realize the amount of anxiety I’ve let build up within me… much less take the time to figure out how to manage it by the time it gets to the point of a panic attack.

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the anxious truth

the anxious truth

Anxiety.

We all hear about it. We all experience it to some extent. It’s in our blood β€“ and for some more than others. I happen to be part of the “some.”

I feel like anxiety as a condition is shrugged off because “everyone gets anxious” or because it’s perceived as “overreacting” and I should just get over myself. For this reason, I really don’t like to talk about my anxiety. I don’t like the idea of others perceiving me as trying to call attention to myself or think I’m using it as an excuse or a shield to hide behind β€“ because I can assure you, that’s never the case. However, my anxiety is a part of me, and I believe that pretending that it’s not and bottling it up only gives it more power.

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