Anxiety – what does it mean

I have problems with anxiety. What that means for me will be different to other people with the same diagnosis.

For me it feels like I have a chain around my feet. I can see where I want to get to and I can take a small step forward but I have a constraint holding me back. My enthusiasm says yes and my fear says no.

I fear having eyes on me. My heart palpitations, shakes and sweaty hands are real and debilitating.

What helps the most? Understanding. People who say “it’s OK to be afraid, but I have faith in you anyway”.

Be kind to people always. Everyone has their own battle – it doesn’t make them any less of a person. Maybe your kindness will help more more person to get off the off the big wheel and stop a lifetime cycle of unhappiness. There’s a lot of power in kindness.