Have you ever been unable to sleep because your mind just wouldn’t SHUT UP? How about when you step on the L train on your way home from work, only to find that there’s only two inches of space for you to occupy? Suddenly you’re thoughts fill with, what ifs. What if the train breaks down and I’m stuck here? What if someone falls on me and I break my arm? Or maybe you struggle with social anxiety; consumed by the possible judgements of others. You go to your work Happy Hour only to find that your anxiety brain keeps you isolated in the corner because all you can think about is how everyone at the office probably thinks you are weird and unapproachable.
Anxiety can often feel out of our control. It can feel like an invisible wall that we can’t seem to climb over no matter how hard we try. The truth is, anxiety is actually very common. In fact, anxiety disorders are considered the most common of mental disorders and affect around 30% of adults at some point in their lives (NIMH Statistics, 2022). The good news is this. Anxiety is just an emotion like any other. It can often feel unpredictable but its not impossible to overcome. And you don’t have to be a mental health professional to know how to help yourself or a loved one!
So, what can I do?