“I’ve Been Here Before”

I’ve been here before.

This is what I thought last night as I struggled with anxiety. I thought about how I was tired of ending up in the same situation – feeling both sad and weak due to my anxiety. I thought about how I wish I could go back to doing simple things without feeling anxious.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I never feel hopeless and downtrodden, because I do. I hate feeling burdened with anxiety; feeling like its in control. Believe it or not, I used to be someone who loved to go out shopping, hang out with friends, and be able to do things without much stress. I still like doing those things, but I don’t feel like they’re easy anymore. I hate that feeling.

As I sat struggling last night, I wondered how and if I’d ever get through my anxiety. After all, I’ve been going through it for so long, how can I be sure it will ever be a thing of the past? I don’t think this is a totally unreasonable question. It’s hard to have faith sometimes when you constantly see yourself suffering.

The thing that we all have to remember, is that many of us have made progress. Many of us have faced our fears and succeeded – I know I have. Just because we may have bad days or moments, does not mean that we haven’t experienced times of achievement or that we’re not on the road to recovery. All it means is that we have to work harder on a more consistent basis. We will get through our anxiety and over our other obstacles!

So if you’re wondering how you’re supposed to believe in yourself, you’re not alone. I think many people feel this way. It’s okay to sometimes feel less than 100% confident, you’re only human. What’s not okay is to allow these doubts to take control, to give them credence. We are stronger than our obstacles!

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15 Replies to ““I’ve Been Here Before””

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I am very new to all these types of feelings and thoughts being that I suffer from a traumatic brain injury within this past year and depression/anxiety are some of the mental illnesses that come along with it. Just today I had an anxiety breakdown while trying to go out and be social on a beautiful day. But it was a step. Thank you again for this encouragement. This road is hard, but we will all overcome it especially when we have each other!

    1. Thank you, Travis, and you’re welcome. I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling. You should be proud of yourself, though, because as you said, you took a step in the right direction and that’s great! You tried, and that’s what’s important. If you need to talk, I’m here!

  2. I connected a lot to your blogpost. I have had anxiety for a long time and because there is no ultimate cure, it really is about managing those ups and downs. When your down, it seems like there will never be an up. I find it will get better eventually, even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Take care.

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