It's been over a year since I last spoke about my experiences with anxiety and panic attacks, so I thought I'd give a bit of an update in my journey. I've seen so many other people on Twitter finally reaching out and asking for the help they need and I love that the stigma is slowly being lifted.
I'll start by reiterating that suffering from anxiety and panic attacks doesn't make you a weak person. It doesn't mean your weird, you over think, worry too much or that you need to chill out.
It simply means you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.
Looking back I've suffered from them for around 10 years now, two rounds of CBT later and I can't believe just how different my life has become.
I've done things I never thought I'd ever be able to accomplish like getting on a plane to Florida, relocating from London to the seaside, working full time and going where I want when I want too. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been an easy path and I do still have days where it'll stop me in my tracks but I made it.
I was that girl who was housebound and couldn't even get in the car without freaking out. I was the girl who spent her time longingly wishing I could do the things everyone else my own age was.
I was the girl who made that happen.
There still a few things that I get anxious about or situations that start bringing those feelings of panic attacks but I have the knowledge and strength to cope, to simply get on with it and prove to myself that it isn't that bad.
If your on the start of your journey, just know it's hard but it honestly gets so much better. The breathlessness, the fear, you can cope, you can get through it and you will get through it.
If you need help learning how to cope, ask for it. SO many people suffer for no good reason, help is available and is worth asking for. I cannot even begin to stress how amazing CBT was for me and I know should I ever feel I can't cope, it's merely a phone call away.
I'm always happy to talk to anyone who feels they need someone to talk too. I've been there and I've seen so many tweets recently about people finally admitting they have an issue but not knowing really how to cope. Just talk about it. Mental health isn't something to be ashamed of and the more people who break the silence, help break the stigma.
Things do get better.
I'd love to hear your experiences.
Until next time,