Tip #49: Find a friend who also has anxiety.
The why: Having anxiety can make you feel very, very alone.
It feels like you’re trapped in your own little anxiety bubble, floating around whilst the rest of the world continues happily.
Firstly, you are not alone. In fact, there are 3 million people who have anxiety in the UK, and 40 million in the US.
Secondly, having a friend who is going through the same journey and troubles as you can be a life-line.
This is because all those thoughts you believe are too ridiculous to speak out loud, you
can say to them, and be greeted with not just understanding, but more importantly, no judgement.
Thirdly, having someone to encourage you out of your comfort zone, and leave the comfort zone with, can prevent you from becoming stuck.
Fourthly, having a friend who also has anxiety means that you know someone else has the same symptoms as you.
So, the next time you say “oh my gosh I have this weird symptom! I’m so worried!” they’ll say “me too!” and you’ll know its anxiety, and nothing more sinister.
Having someone to share tips, tricks and experiences with can make the mountain climb that is overcoming anxiety so much easier.
In real life, if no one in your circle suffers from it, places like Tumblr, Twitter and even forums can be a great place to reach out and build a community or a friendship.
And if that doesn’t work out, feel free to drop me a line at any time and I’ll be there.