*Edit to add: Clare kindly let me know that Mental Illness Awareness Week isn’t actually until October. But honestly, we don’t need to wait until October to chat about this
This morning, one of my favorites posted about this week being Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Like I posted about in January, I live with anxiety. I originally typed suffer from anxiety but that’s not accurate anymore.
I’ve found that anxiety is almost impossible to describe to someone who has never experienced it.
You feel crazy trying to explain the unshakable tightness in your chest, the constant worry that something bad is going to happen, the fact that although ev-er-y-thing in your life seems to be going right – you can’t fully enjoy it.
You feel guilty. Out of control. Wrong. Embarrassed that you just… can’t… seem… to handle it.
I’m here to remind you that you are not alone in this.
You’re not alone, and it’s time that we embrace our “crazy.” The more we talk about this kind of stuff, the less scary and stigmatized it will become.
It’s easy to feel ashamed by a big, ugly, scary MENTAL ILLNESS; but I ask you, if you had diabetes and your body couldn’t control your insulin levels, would you feel embarrassed and out of control? Ashamed for having to take medication, possibly for the rest of your life?
So, let’s change our focus.
Let’s change our perspective.
Let’s talk about this kind of stuff.
Let’s embrace it.
Let’s support others.
Let’s accept ourselves.