Tip #49: Find An Anxiety Buddy

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.

IMG_4879Secondly, 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 myIMG_4878 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.

11 thoughts on “Tip #49: Find An Anxiety Buddy

  1. This is excellent advice. I have panic attacks when I leave the house. I find that pausing and reading the tweets in my twitter timeline make it possible for me to walk and stay physically healthy.

    It’s so easy to become housebound by anxiety.

    It’s a constant struggle.

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    1. Yes, interacting helps keep the brain distracted! I know how you feel – a few months ago when I began to feel anxious about going outside, that’s when I said to myself that everyday I would do it no matter how I felt. After a week it really improved! You’re right it is a constant struggle, but the fact you’re still getting outside and doing the hard thing speaks to the great amount of strength you have. We can do this.

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  2. This is so unbelievably true! My anxiety started a little less than a year ago and I made it known that I was suffering on social media. People that I never thought in a million years would ever suffer from this came to me confessing they were fighting the same battle. Even some of my coworkers came forward to express to me that they too suffer from panic attacks.

    When I tell a friend what I’m going through during an attack, I initially feel stupid, but when that friend also goes through anxiety attacks, the reassurance is quite helpful. It makes me feel a little less crazy!

    So glad I found your blog and can’t wait to read more 🙂

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    1. It’s so amazing isn’t it? Building a community! That’s honestly so brave of you to do, and just shows that if you become a leader and put yourself out there, you empower others to! Thank you, I can’t wait to connect with you more 🙂

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