TALKING ABOUT ANXIETY WITH HEAD TALKS – TIME TO TALK

It’s time to talk.

For a long time I didn’t talk about my anxiety, I was nervous of it, frightened of it, in total denial about it.

Although I was told by a therapist back in 2014 that I ‘had it’, I didn’t acknowledge it for years after that. Maybe it was because there wasn’t a huge conversation surrounding mental health at the time, maybe it was because I was ignorant, or maybe I was just scared to deal with my emotions – whatever it was, I suffered in silence for a long time.

It wasn’t until last year that I really began to accept it as a part of my life and talk about it openly. I wrote my first blog post about it called “I’m Scared To Walk My Dog“, a month later I wrote about “Accepting Anxiety” and then at the beginning of this year I wrote about all the things people say to me that they shouldn’t when I’m in the midst of a panic.

Since I have started talking, my life has got so much better. I’m not ashamed anymore, I’m not having to internalise the panic that I feel, I feel lighter and I feel so much happier.

I did this interview with the wonderful team at Head Talks at the end of last year (when my hair was looking very blonde) and I’m really proud of it, not least of all because this was the first time in my life I was truly, truly open with my own mental health struggles.

SO.

If I may, I will ask you to watch this video, to check out the other amazing interviews on the Head Talks website and I will implore you to talk.

It doesn’t matter who you talk to, it doesn’t matter what about, you just need to talk. Open your mouth and let the words fall out. You don’t need to be ashamed or embarrassed.

The bravest thing I ever did was talk about anxiety, nothing takes more strength and there is nothing I am more proud of myself for.

So please, take it from me, things will feel much easier after a conversation.

#TimeToTalk

 

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1 Comment

  1. martynstanley
    February 1, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I’m afraid we live in a society where everyone is pressured to be a certain size, wear certain clothes and live our lives a certain way. If you look hard though, the happiest people are those who’ve seen through all that bullshit and learned to be happy with who they are and comfortable in their own skin. I think PrettyNormalMe has been a really positive endeavor. Anything that stands up and says, ‘Hey, none of that crap really matters’ is. It’s like Varys in Game of Thrones said, ‘Power lies where people believe it does. If you believe your clothes and image are important then they are. Ultimately it’s much better to let go of that. We live in a society which piles pressure on people from every angle. It’s not surprising more people are suffering from Anxiety than ever. Oh! By the way! I won first place in your dad’s DriveTribe Awards 2017 Best article category for a piece I wrote making fun of his ‘Excellent’ contraption he made. It was really unexpected, but I was chuffed to bits to win it!

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