psychology

5 Lessons My Anxiety Has Taught Me

Mental Health Awareness Month

Anxiety is something that has effected me for a long time now and since it’s Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would share 5 lessons my anxiety has taught me because through this journey I was able to learn some valuable lessons. Although anxiety can be something that effects you your entire life it can also be something that helps you learn more about your life and about yourself. Let me know in the comments what your mental health has taught!

Be grateful

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It reminded me to be grateful for the little things. I used to take what I had for granted but after getting anxiety even the little things were kind of difficult. I try to take advantage of every opportunity I can get and I remember to be thankful for every little things I am able to do. Just being able to function “normally” and live life relatively “normally” is something I try to be thankful for now because I know not everyone with mental health problems is lucky enough to have that.

True friends stick around

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The people who want to remain in your life will find a way to do so no matter what. People who don’t will make excuses or leave altogether and that’s okay too. As an adult I’ve realised it’s not about having a lot of friends, it’s about having a small group of friends who are amazing people and who are not going to leave you when times get rough.
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If you care about something, nothing will stop you

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If anxiety has taught me one really awesome thing it’s that we can persevere. Times are going to get bad and everything isn’t going to be perfect all the time but that does not mean that you should give up on your dreams. If anything the tough times taught me to fight harder and to stand up for what I believe in. Mental illness can change your route but you should not let it change your destination.

Life is very complicated

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Unfortunately, anxiety in many ways forced me to grow up and mature faster than I would otherwise have. Although this was at times challenging I also realised it was very beneficial. When most people my age were still mapping out their lives I already knew what I wanted my life to look life and had planned for my goals. It also kept me safe because let’s be honest- teenagers aren’t great at making the best decisions- but anxiety made me too paranoid to do some of the stupid things I would otherwise have definitely done.

Being different isn’t a bad thing

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All my life I’ve felt like I was different. I didn’t really fit in anywhere and I kept trying to change myself to become “normal”. However, anxiety taught me that even though I was different it didn’t mean I wasn’t perfect the way I was. Right now I love who I’ve become and I love the place I’m at. Weirdly enough I don’t think I would know myself this well had I not gotten anxiety because it really forced me to look deeper into myself and what caused my irrational anxieties.
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