The Prickly Part

In my last post, I mentioned how I changed my blog’s background and how I thought it fit with the theme of the blog perfectly. While dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues can be prickly and painful at times like a cactus, if you work hard on a consistent basis to overcome your obstacles, you can achieve progress – a beautiful thing.

While I have experienced many beautiful days of witnessing my progress, today included one of the painful and prickly parts that oftentimes occur with struggling with anxiety. Today I saw myself slip backwards, something that is never easy to see.

I went out with a relative today and because it took longer than expected, I began to grow anxious. I’m embarrassed to say this, but sometimes when I’m out and I feel so anxious that I can’t move, I end up sitting on the floor. It makes me feel pathetic.

I haven’t done this in a while. Lately when I go in somewhere (while it may not be for very long), I usually do pretty well. I might need a little bit of help, but I don’t resort to sitting down. Today was different though and it reminded me of all the times in the past when I did this – too many to count.

I like to keep this blog pretty positive, but sometimes I admit that it’s hard. It’s hard to give myself credit for at least trying to go in where I went today and not leaving early, or saying that sometimes things just don’t work out. It’s hard to stay positive while inside, I’m beating myself up for not doing better.

That’s the thing with struggling with anxiety, or any other mental health issue for that matter. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the positivity and light when you feel like you’re surrounded by negativity and darkness.

Here’s what we have to remember. We have to remember all of the times that we’ve faced our fears or overcome our obstacles. We have to remember all of the times that we’ve made progress. Though it may be difficult to believe, just because we struggle or experience times of temporary regression, it does not mean that our past progress or current progress is erased. It also doesn’t mean that we won’t make progress ever again.

So let’s all do ourselves a favor and cut ourselves a break. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t get a little upset when things don’t go how we want (after all, sometimes getting a little upset with ourselves shows us that we have to work harder), but what I am saying is that we have to stop always getting so down on ourselves and, instead, focus on all of the amazing things that we have accomplished and how hard we try on a daily basis to be successful!

If you’re currently struggling or if you’re feeling down about not doing as well at something as you would have hoped, please remember that we all struggle. Also, please try and focus on all the good that you have accomplished and can continue to accomplish with hard work.

 

6 Replies to “The Prickly Part”

  1. I remember reading your posts when I was active on WordPress. I’m so glad to be back, and be able to read your blog! Your posts are always so inspiring, and I love seeing how much you grow each day. I get that anxiety is hard, and it’s amazing to see you trying your best to overcome it, and to further help others with their own mental health. Keep up the amazing work, and I’m so happy I’ll be able to stay more updated! ❤

  2. Your posts continue to inspire me. Like you, I always try to be as positive as possible. But, I’ve learned, over many years, that it’s perfectly okay to be negative and not shy away from talking about your problems. It’s an important balance to recognize. I always like reading your posts because you congratulate yourself on your success. If you find yourself struggling, you admit it, and then you always frame it in a positive or motivating way by the end of the post. I look forward to every post you write.

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! The fact that I inspire you means the world to me. I admit that sometimes I get depressed about my anxiety and the fact that might be inspiring people means a lot.

      You seem like a very positive person. I do understand though how when struggling, it can be extremely difficult to see beyond the darkness. I think it’s important to focus on the fact that we’ve all accomplished wonderful things, whether these steps are considered ‘big’ or not.

      1. You’re so welcome. I’m happy that my words make you happy. I enjoy complimenting others, and supporting others.

        I certainly try to be as positive as possible. Do I have rough days? Absolutely. I’m human. I have GAD – I go through wild swings now and then. Just this week, I was incredibly anxious about several different things, the most anxious I’ve been in a while. I love what you said about focusing on our accomplishments, no matter how big or small.

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