I thought I’d participate in Thinking Out Loud Thursday this week with a bit of a confession. I’ve taken a few days off of blogging because I needed a little bit of a break. Trying to grow a blog and create great content every day is really hard, and it’s been even harder for me because I’ve been struggling with a lot of anxiety lately. Not necessarily anxiety about my blog, but a general sense of unease and nervousness that’s been permeating everything lately.
I think it’s hard for people without anxiety problems to understand what it’s like to live with bad anxiety. You can’t just decide not to worry about things–if it were that easy, anxiety disorders wouldn’t exist. Sometimes your brain just won’t let you turn the worry off. Exercise can help, meditation and mindfulness can help, but sometimes anxiety can be stronger than your coping mechanisms.
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So, I tried stepping back from some of the things that I was stressing about a lot, like my blog. My husband and I took a short trip to Milwaukee last weekend to celebrate our anniversary, and we had a lot of fun. I’ve taken time to watch some TV shows that I enjoy and do a little at-home yoga. I even took myself shopping and got a manicure. Making sure to take care of myself has helped a lot, although the anxiety definitely creeps back in.
I suppose the main reason why I’m writing this post is to let you know that if you’re reading this and you’re struggling with anxiety, you’re not alone. We go through hard times, and we get through them. I know I’ll get through this, I just need a little time and I need to make sure that I continue to take care of myself.