SOCIAL MEDIA

Anxiety



I wasn't really sure what to write about for my blog post this week and I'd been so stressed and overwhelmed this week that I almost decided I wouldn't put a blog post up. However, I decided last minute that I would write something. Going away from my typical posts, I am going to talk about something a little more personal.

I live a busy life. I work almost 5 different part time teaching/music jobs, as well as working at uni. I study full time, I'm in a couple of different musical groups and playing sport. Let alone trying to find time to have friends and a social life. The past two weeks haven't been good for me. Stress levels are high and I have so many deadlines I have to meet in the next two weeks, without either Saturday or Sunday to catch up and get on top of any of it. It has been stressful as anything and on top of that I have been rather sick the past two weeks, unable to get out of bed on a number of days. Unable to get up and do work, or complete tasks that I need to get done, stress levels have been at an all time high, leaving me constantly anxious and unable to relax. 

Anxiety is a crippling thing. This week alone I have suffered from numerous panic attacks, typically at night, but a couple of them during work and one in the middle of a concert I was attending. The sudden overwhelming build up of stress, leaving me short of breath, dizzy and constantly on the verge of tears. I haven't been eating or sleeping, my skin has been dry and my eczema has flared up because of it. I have spent the past two weeks trying to hide my stress levels and play down my momentary bouts of anxiety, and I have now worked out that I can't let myself do that anymore.

I know I am not the only person who will be suffering from stress or anxiety and I doubt I'm alone in these feelings. The reason I decided I would post this, was because I want to give you all a reminder, to put yourself first, to know where the line is and not cross it. If you are feeling stressed, it's important that you know when to say no, and to know when you need to step back or step down. My panic attacks have begun to teach me my limits, and remind me that sometimes I need to say no and take sometime for myself. 

If you want some suggestions for how I relax, you can check out my #stressed blog post from back in March. But the biggest advice I want to offer you is to not be afraid to talk about it, don't feel like you're letting someone down by being stressed. If I have learnt anything, not talking about it will only do you more damage than good. 

xx

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  1. I hope your stress level goes down. It's good you recognize when to slow down and not push yourself. When I feel stressed I just try and think of all the good things and slow down.

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    1. Yea, they are starting to slow down now that all my assessment is almost over! Thanks for reading xx

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  2. very very brave for sharing this part of your life with us Laura. You should feel very proud of yourself. It seems as though you've recognized that you need to take a step back and say no sometimes. It's really great that you can see where the panic is coming from. I'm also glad that you're sharing this post and talking to people you trust. Things will get easier. My tip would be to practice mindfulness. This is something I do at least once a week and it helps me to overcome stressful periods in my life. Take care lovey x Louise from www.beyoutyfulyou.com

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    1. Thanks :) It was kind of good just to put it out into the internet, it definitely made me more aware of whats going on! I'm trying to get back into Yoga and Meditation, like I was doing earlier this year to help with stress, just hard with very little time haha I usually try and do a little bit of meditation before bed and that sometimes helps, my mind has just been so full and overflowing lately!!

      Thanks again Louise xx

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  3. Sending you a virtual hug Laura! I hope your stress levels come down soon. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience of anxiety which can be so debilitating.

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    1. Thanks Ingrid <3 They are starting to come down now that I've almost finished all my assessment (hopefully they will be less after my test this morning...haha) but thank you <3

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  4. Hey Laura. I'm sorry you've been feeling this way. I too have anxiety and I find it very crippling at times too. Especially with the pointy end of uni coming up. Thanks for sharing this brave post x

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    1. Thanks for reading! It is definitely hard, but I'm starting to cope with it a little better now :) x

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