I know firsthand how difficult it can be to deal with high pressure anxiety. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt the weight of stress on my shoulders. It takes a toll not just mentally but physically too.
At first, I tried to ignore the feeling and push it away, hoping that it would simply go away. I thought if I worked hard enough that eventually everything would calm down and the feeling of dread would subside - but it didn’t work that way. If anything, my lack of acknowledgement only made the problem worse until finally, there was nowhere else for me to hide from it.
That’s when I realized I needed help in order to start facing my anxieties head-on and develop healthy coping mechanisms that would bring peace back into my life rather than spiral me further downwards into chaos.
So now I’m taking baby steps. When that intense feeling of fear washes over me, instead of avoiding it like before - I take deep breaths and focus on my physical sensations in the present moment rather than what may or may not happen in the future. Furthermore, it helps to remind myself that while things may feel overwhelming right now - this too shall pass and doesn’t have to define or consume me in any way shape or form.
It’s been a journey - no doubt about it - but I’m very proud of how much progress I’ve made thus far and am so energized by the growth mindset going forward!