We all suffer from it at some point in our lives. We may deny it or down right pretend that it doesn’t happen to us but we have all experienced it. The question is, what triggered it and how severe was it?
For a lot of us Anxiety is just a day to day occurrence that we can brush off and get on with life but for a few of us some times it just “hits different”. There are days where my anxiety can be so crippling to my emotional state that I feel like I just need to curl up in a ball and pretend that the world has disappeared.
Even now, writing this, knowing that few people will see it let alone pay attention to it. Opening up and being completely honest about how it is gives me anxiety. Right this second as I write this my hands feel numb, face flushed and my heart rate has increased. So trust me, I understand what this is and how it affects us.
Growing up as a kid, for as long as I can remember I had anxiety. Until I grew up and started to address my issues I never fully understood what that feeling was or what it meant. I just assumed it was a normal part of life and got on with business. The problem with doing that, keeping to myself for all of those years meant that I maintained a shy and introverted personality, that is simply not who I am.
Knowing this now I can see how shutting down and keeping it to myself really stunted my emotional and spiritual growth as a human being.
To all the Blokes out there in the world I will tell you know. Acknowledging that anxiety is a thing not only will help you but just proves to the world that you are strong. What a lot of men don’t seem to realise is that shutting it down and pretending like it doesn’t exist is the cowards way out. Hard to hear I know but it is the god’s honest truth.
This fear of telling people that you suffer from anxiety is exactly just that ANXIETY!! As men, because we have been told not to show emotion, wether it be from our friends, fathers, or grand father’s we all have this I build aversion to telling the world how it actually is. This is Anxiety doing what anxiety does.
Man up for real
Fear is anxiety. Yes, it sounds harsh but keeping quiet from the fear of what your friends and family think really is a cowards move. Expressing your actual feelings and acknowledging the truth shows the true strength of a man.
As a great man once said
“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.” – Will SmithListen to the man.