Anxiety and me
I have always been a strong girl. I have always put others before me. I have always put my needs to the back of my mind. I have always put on a smile, until I could no longer smile. Summer 2016 I absolutely broke down. I felt like I could no longer be the mother, fiancé, daughter, sister and friend I was. I completely lost track of who I was. I let my anxiety get hold of me, and it really got me. I literally couldn't hide anymore. I had to leave my home, my job, and the old me behind. I needed help, fast. I went to see my doctor and explained everything. I came out feeling relieved but obviously not better. Opening up to someone who I didn't know was scary but it was the start of my recovery. I still suffer with my anxiety but I have it under control. I can now go out of the house, and if it's a short trip I can go alone! I can do things as simple as making a phone call, I can speak to a stranger again, but most importantly to me I can be the loving, attentive, caring and strong woman I always knew was inside me. Every day is a step ahead of where I was and I would encourage anyone who is hiding something from the world to please talk to someone. It will save your life.
Written by Faye Louise