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Scatterbrained Thoughts

Mental illness, in general, is not something that is openly or widely discussed. It’s difficult because it is unlike other problems that you can physically see, like a broken bone. It’s also a shameful thing to admit to others because of the negativity and stigma associated with mental illness. For that reason and more, I want to spend some time today talking about this subject – specifically anxiety.

Anxiety is something that everyone experiences to some degree. However, not everyone experiences it to extent where it becomes a disorder. It’s all too easy to get stuck in your own mind, feeling alone. Anxiety can be overwhelming and extremely draining. Your mind races with all kinds of negative thoughts and self-talk.

I know what it’s like to live with anxiety. I have struggled with Generalized Anxiety Disorder for about three years now – (only officially diagnosed this year). One thing I think people can underestimate is the power of encouragement. It doesn’t even have to be anything huge. Little things, like a kind and uplifting word, can increase my mood and ease my mental stress. I am much better at giving out encouragement than I am at being supportive and kind to myself. This is where friends and family can be really helpful.

I have been struggling this year with self-criticism. I often blame myself for things that may not even be my fault. I jump to the conclusion “I must have done something wrong… or offensive…. or annoying”. And the list goes on. I continue to remind myself to not be so hard. I have really appreciated the friends that have stepped into my life and held me accountable and helped exactly when I needed it.

All this to say that it can be really hard to live with a mental illness. You often feel broken or even paralyzed to act. Just because someone appears to be happy, doesn’t mean they truly are. This next statement is true for me (and I’m sure for others as well): We do not want you to pull away from us because you are unsure of how to help or act around us. All we need is someone who will stay by our side and be a faithful friend. Be a listening ear when we need to vent, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to have fun and live life with.

All of this does not have to be a monumental task. After all – as the saying goes – “Many hands make light work.” You can often accomplish much more in a team than you can individually. So there are my thoughts on anxiety for the day. Let me know your experience on this subject!

Note: For anyone reading this, know you are loved and valued. You are never alone.

Have a good night friends!

Thursday Thoughts – Good Morning

Good morning! It’s still morning where I am, so I can say that. And it’s a pretty cold today… even for August. Personally, I’d like to keep the cold weather away until at least September. I feel a bit ridiculous sitting in this coffee shop wearing a big sweater jacket and sweat pants while drinking tea. Also am self-conscious considering that there are others here in short sleeves. But oh well, I guess I’ll be the warm one today.

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I love tea. One thing that’s great about tea is there are so many kinds and they all do something different. Tea can help easy anxiety, relax you, detox your system, keep you awake, and more.

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To be honest, I haven’t had the best start to my day. It’s been a fight against stress and anxiety, so that’s how I ended up in a coffee shop drinking a soothing peppermint tea and eating a bagel.

I’ve been learning that you can’t always change your circumstances; sometimes things won’t go your way. What I do have control of is how I react to situations and issues that come up in my life. So today I have chosen to not best myself up for having a moment of weakness or being anxious. I’m going to go slow and take the time I need for myself.

God won’t always solve every problem in life, but He has promised to be by my side every step along the way. This morning and today I’m living in that promise, that God is walking with me through my trials. In the good and the bad, I know that He never fails. I am so glad in my ever-changing life, that He is my rock and fortress, my shield.

If anyone of you are having a bad day, or week, or are in a low right now, know that you’re never alone. There are many others who feel the same way as you and are struggling too. And God knows what you’re going through. So be encouraged and encourage those around you. Let’s walk through life together.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

-A

At World’s End

I realized that in all the craziness of my life that I missed last Friday’s poetry post! So I decided to make it up by writing my own poem for you all! Life often goes up and down like a roller coaster — So this is for anyone who feel’s like they’re at the world’s end and hanging on by a thread. Though you may feel all alone, there are always people to fall back on. Friends. Family. We love you. Never give up!


At World’s End

At world’s end, I stand on the edge

Wind roars from behind me

And threatens to throw me

Over the edge.

At world’s end, I ask you to lend

Open hands and eyes to see.

The pit lies before me;

Send me a friend.

At day’s end, I cannot hold on.

There’s one hope that can be

That someone’s come for me

Catch me — I’m gone.


c. Annika Barclay