I just recently found out that this is Mental Health Awareness Week. As many of you are probably already aware, the subject is very near and dear to my heart.
I’ve been struggling with anxiety for years and I know how difficult it is to deal with. I know how easy it is to lose hope, to feel as if we’ll never overcome our obstacles, and to miss the time in our lives when things came easily and didn’t seem so difficult.
However, no matter how hard getting through anxiety and overcoming other obstacles can seem, I truly believe that it can be done. I believe that with hard, consistent work we can all overcome what seems to hold us back. In fact, I’ve seen it done.
I may not be quite where I want to be in terms of getting through my anxiety, but I do know that I’ve made progress. There is no doubt in my mind that this was done by taking small, consistent steps towards achieving my goals. Something else that I know is that I am not alone in struggling with anxiety and this is something else that I think is very important.
I want everyone reading this to know that you are not alone in your struggles. I know that this is said all the time, but it’s not always easy to believe. I know when I used to hear it, I used to wonder if people were just saying it to make me feel better; to feel less alone. The truth is, though, that none of us are without hardships and many of us do experience anxiety and other mental health issues.
So let us support each other and have faith in ourselves. Let us remember that we do have the strength to overcome our obstacles!