Connection to Ted
Watching as the seasons have been released I can’t help but feel some connection to Ted. Stress and anxiety has become a huge part of my life over the last few years. It can be a powerful thing that at times can make me feel lost, isolated and overwhelmed all at once.
Take a step back
It also acts as a reminder that I might need to take a step back and put my health and wellbeing first and take a break! Something that often feel like something you can put off because of time and maybe workload.
I had a conversation with someone recently who asked about how I manage stress and anxiety and if I’m honest I don’t always do it well. I struggle to get out of bed without having a routine.
Knowing what might trigger my anxiety and stress levels is also something I put a lot of effort into monitoring but then I get in the habit of just avoiding situations which arguably isn’t good. Recognising that it’s okay to take day by day or even minute by minute has been a huge help to me especially over the last year.
Whenever I have a panic attack in a shop or when I’m out and about I can’t do anything other than go minute by minute and that’s okay.
It’s OK to need help
Remember that seeking help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness. Whether it’s talking to a friend or family member, reaching out to a mental health professional, or finding other ways to manage stress like exercise or meditation, taking care of yourself should always be a priority.
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it and remember that taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
Huge thanks to Chandy for sharing his experience with stress and anxiety.
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