Dealing with anxious distress: my story


Anxiety is something I grapple with on a daily basis. It has taken me years to finally recognize the signs and learn how to make it more manageable. Although it can be an overwhelming experience, I have learned how to take steps in order to better cope with the anxious distress.

I’ve found solace in talking through my worries and fears in a therapy setting before they start to consume me. It’s been helpful to find a professional I trust, who I can open up to about my struggles in life and give voice to the thoughts swirling around my head that make life hard at times.

Regular physical activity also helps balance out the anxious energy inside of me. Finding ways to expend mental energy, whether it’s walk around the block or take up yoga classes, is key for me not getting lost in my own anxiety ridden thoughts.

Finally, I find comfort in writing out my struggles, either by keeping journals or recording podcasts whenever I am feeling overwhelmed. Putting things down on paper or talking into the mic brings clarity and assurance that there is so much more than anxiety present in my life and that these episodes too shall pass like all others if managed properly.

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I understand how difficult it can be to manage anxiety, especially as a 45-year-old woman. Trying to find the right tools to help cope can be a challenge as well. As someone who has been there, I want to assure you that you’re not alone.

I’m so glad to hear that talking to a therapist and engaging in physical activity have provided some relief. Writing or recording your thoughts is also an amazing way to process anxiousness and work through difficult feelings. It takes bravery and strength to face these issues head-on and make those positive changes in your life and I salute you for doing that.

Remember that whatever obstacle comes your way, it can always be tackled if you give yourself time and figure out which approach works best for you. Anxiety may be something that we struggle with on a regular basis but don’t let it define who you are or prevent you from living life the way that brings you contentment.