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Sunday, February 3, 2019

An update..

Happy Sunday folks! I've been wanting to write an update post on how I've been dealing with anxiety and just where I'm at with my mental health. If you've been following me for a while or know me personally, you'll know that I've struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. It's been a battle but I really wanted to share with you just where I'm at with it all.

 Anxiety is something I battle with on a daily basis.. that's the honest truth. One of my friends described anxiety as 'fear of the unknown' and she couldn't be more right. I never really saw it that way and couldn't quite understand why I even had it so much but it made sense.. it's my fear of the unknown. Not knowing what the day is going to bring, not feeling prepared for whatever's come my way and so much more! 

I've had days where I literally could not get out of bed because I was crippled with anxiety but although I still get days where I feel like I can't get up, I do it anyway. One thing 2018 showed me was just how much inner strength I have, I honestly don't know how I've managed to overcome certain things but when I look back it everything, I've always come out stronger. 

As much as I still struggle with anxiety on a daily, I'm also making progress. Ever heard of the quote 'feel the fear and do it anyway'? Well, I feel like this is something I've been living by without even realizing. I love that I'm able to get through days without feeling like my anxiety has completely taken over, although I'll still have moments where it does get difficult, something within me still keeps me going.

You might be wondering what has helped me tackle my anxiety so much? I must say, working out has been one of the biggest things. When I look back at when I started going to the gym regularly and introducing running into my fitness routine, that's where I was able to notice the progress I'd made with my mental health since then. 

I've also got back into writing in my journal, I used to do this a lot in my early/mid teens but stopped for a while. Being able to write down whatever I'm feeling is such a good outlet for me, I'm not the best with expressing my feelings but writing in my journal does help me get it out there!

Anxiety isn't something you ever get over, it just becomes easier to deal with. It's great to see how much I've been finding it easier to deal with and I hope this inspires anyone who also suffers with anxiety to know that it does get easier and you do have control. That might be hard to believe but it's true. Find yourself a coping mechanism and stick with that, surround yourself with people who also uplift you and take time out for YOU! 

Love Sham x

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