Dealing with constant worry: my mental health experience

Getting through every day with constant worry is an experience I know all too well. It’s something that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and it’s taken its toll both mentally and emotionally.

Every day is a challenge, as it feels like there isn’t one decision in life that doesn’t have me questioning the possible consequences or overanalysis results. Even something as simple as deciding what to have for dinner can spark a wave of stress.

The fear of making the wrong decisions is utterly draining, and causes me to miss out on lots of potentially fun or life-changing opportunities because I’m so focused on worrying about what might go wrong.

Acknowledging that this is an issue has been a slow process – it took a long time before I was willing to admit I needed help and speak about it openly with people around me. Nowadays, I’m determined to focus more energy into trying positive techniques such as Yoga, Mindfulness meditation and creative pursuits like writing and painting which help me destress.

Thanks to these new habits, I’m starting to be able to cope better with the constant worry in my life in healthy and productive ways instead of avoiding them entirely. It’s also helped me realise that I have far more patience than I thought which in turn helps me consider things more carefully without worrying myself silly.