Some people will tell you anxiety is a mental illness. Something to be ashamed of. Something to hide.
I don’t believe that.
First, the facts:
Fear is an emotional response to a known or real threat. It gives your body the juice it needs to flee or fight.
Anxiety is when fear lingers – when you worry about what’s to come in the future: real or imagined.
Both fear and anxiety trigger stress hormones, so they feel the same.
Both are normal and needed.
But when anxiety takes over and stops you living life to the full, a doctor might diagnose you with an ‘anxiety disorder’.
These terms – disorder, illness, condition – are UNHELPFUL and HARMFUL.
They label people as broken, unwell, less-than.
They put you in a locked box.
“I’m mentally ill.”
These become your self-beliefs. You wear them like a winter coat. You embody them. THEY BECOME YOUR TRUTH.
So it’s no wonder why so many of us struggle to BREAK FREE of these unhealthy labels – and stay on medication that either doesn’t work, or numbs emotion. Worse, the stigma around being “mentally ill” keeps two-thirds of us from seeking help.
How about we end the stigma right here, right now.
Let’s help ourselves – and eachother – to adopt a more empowering mindset.
Repeat after me:
I have everything within me to free myself from fear. My mind is strong and I am well.
Say it ’til you FEEL it. Til you become it.
And pass it on!
P.S. If your anxiety DOES feel outta control, I hope this post empowers you to reach out and get the support you need and deserve. There are millions of us who are with you, walking the same path. Take action, speak to someone, and don’t let ANYONE tell you you’re “ill”. No matter where you’re at on your mental health journey.