Hey Anxiety, I am tired. Here is how you make me feel:
I want to lay down but my heart is racing and my brain is a suitcase packed with thoughts and only some of them are recognizable or able to be decoded. I can’t distinguish one thought from another and I am beginning to think they are all the same. I know intellectually they’re not, but it feels that way. And then I have the task of meeting a new person and while getting to know them having to explain why I am breathing heavy or the reason I have to go to the bathroom because it’s not to relieve myself but it is to relieve myself of anxiety. Anxiety is oppressive relentless energy that doesn’t give a fuck about how it is affecting you.
It tells you to keep going even though you’re fucking exhausted and all you want to do is lay down. It makes you feel weak and helpless because of how much adrenaline is surging into your body.
But you’re not weak; you are strong for being able to cope with the weight of anxious energy. That makes you a super hero. You can do this! You can tell anxiety that even though it’s loud and obnoxious you’re going to keep going.
Burn that energy.
The strange thing about anxiety is that you can be anxious about being anxious. Has that ever happened to you?
Don’t let anxiety win.
This is especially important when you are working on making friends. Sure anxiety is taxing on your mind and body, but it’s important to keep getting out there and meeting people.
You never know, they could have anxiety too!
You don’t have to be afraid of your anxiety when you’re meeting new people because you are anxious. Check out this BetterHelp article that that gives you tips to break the ice when you meet someone new.