So not too long ago I did something huge.
I finally told my friend group from college everything I went through.
1. I think it’s crazy how well I hid the panic attacks, the fear, the sadness. I can put on a great front
2. I was thrown back by hearing some of them say “me too”
When my panic disorder got really bad I was living with 3 other girls. They had no idea. I hid it well because I isolated myself- blamed my isolation on other things. No one questioned if I was okay- why would they? My social media and fake smile seemed great.
After letting everyone know what I went through not only did I get “me too” but I also got messages saying “I regret not realizing and I wish I could’ve been there and helped you then”
I stopped for a second after all this love and support after sharing something so deep and scary to me.
I realized two things: having anxiety DOES NOT mean you are crazy, and speaking up would have saved me from a lot of lonely nights.
Imagine if I felt I could’ve been open and honest about what I was going through then? Maybe the ones that said “me too” and I could’ve supported and held each other, maybe I would’ve have felt so alone, just maybe.
It’s not just me either- so many of us feel we have to struggle with our mental health issues in the dark. So many of us feel no one wants to hear our struggles, no one cares, and why would I want anyone to think I’m “crazy”. Speak up. Let those around you know. Sit them down, try to explain the best you can. You never know when someone will say “me too” and when you might save a life. • repost by @health_anxiety#anxiety#depression#panicattack#panicdisorder#help#support#lonely#therapy#selflove#healthanxiety#mentalillness#mentalhealthawareness#anxietyrelief#mentalhealth#time#crying#happy#sad#socialanxiety#ocd#scared#fear#selfhelp#anxietyattack#agoraphobia#ptsd#wellness ...
😍 @ Me not sucking in, @ Me not posing in a wacky-ass way, @ Me not subscribing to Diet Culture, @ Me not changing myself for The Gram. 🤷🏻♀️👌🏻💯
I've spent way too many YEARS trying to be someone else, trying to achieve a body that is LITERALLY NOT feasible for me to maintain and be healthy at the same time.
Life is more than a flat stomach.
Life is more than clothing sizes.
Life is more than Photoshop.
Life is more than fitspo.
Life is more than working out.
Life is more than restricting food.
Life is more than dieting.
Life is more than losing weight.
Life is more than hating your body.
Life is more than spending money.
Life is more than body goals.
Life is more than trying to be someone else.
Just be you. That's all everyone wants. Stop sucking in. Stop trying to shrink yourself. TAKE UP SPACE. You're beyond allowed to be naturally you.