Mental health is something that everyone deals with at some point or another. Sometimes it’s temporary and isn’t overwhelming. Other times it intrudes in your life every single day. But it is different for everyone. For some people it’s direct, while others come across it more indirectly. With all of that it can be hard to describe to someone how you’re feeling.
One of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with is anxiety. I’ve been dealing with it for a few years and I still find some days hard to get through because of it. Even though this is something I have carried with me for a while I still struggle to explain to people how it affects me on a day-to-day basis. It has taken me years to find out the best way to do it and I want to share so maybe those of you who also struggle can find a way to explain all things you can’t describe.
I’m going to continue using anxiety as an example but the solution can be used for many different things. For example, all of us get anxiety at one time or another whether it be before a test or a big event. But for me and many others, it’s something that lingers in throughout every day. There are a lot of things that I have to battle on a daily basis. On bad days, I tend to take my anxiety and frustration out on the people around me. I have noticed other people with anxiety do the same. This comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s asking reassurance on something multiple times.
Getting that validation to eradicate scenarios made up in your mind. Other times it’s panicking about very irrelevant things but it doesn’t show on the outside. In some serious cases it causes rapid breathing, sweaty palms, and your chest feeling very heavy. These are just examples of anxiety. But the way I’ve been able to communicate these to you is because I looked up other people’s accounts of anxiety and was able to use their words to help me explain what was happing to others.
This is different for everyone. I went through a dozen sites looking for similar accounts of anxiety that I have. I really wanted to explain to someone close to me what it was like because I knew they didn’t quite get it. Being able to use the resources on the internet and seeing people share how they feel is what helped me. Some people are better at putting their feelings into words compared to other or are able to pinpoint exactly how they feel.
Please, if you are struggling internally and don’t know how to tell someone try looking at blogs, articles, and other things. Spending some time looking at these can help you communicate with the people around you and might help them sympathize with you or understand a little bit better what you go through. There are also a lot of illustration being made now about mental illnesses and what they feel like through art. There are so many ways to communicate how you feel to your parents, friends, significant other, and anyone else important in your life. If you are struggling look into some of other people’s work to help you.