Yeah, I said it!
I have a dear friend of mine going through some shit that would make the average person *cough*me*cough* crawl into a hole and isolate like a giant wiener baby. Not this broad. She’s a steel wall of strength. Watching her, it has unintentionally inspired me to re-evaluate my coping skills.
I had my routine physical blood work done today. This is a HUGE trigger for me in terms of anxiety. The uncertainty, the gears in my head working through all of the worst-case scenarios my brain can possibly conjure up. Normally, this act alone would send me into an episode of mania, rendering me incapable of emotionally functioning until I knew what was going on and felt I could exhale.
I can’t express how important it is to have people that can guide you through all of life’s unpredictable seasons. Ones that remind you to breathe when you’ve forgotten how to. Ones that make light of circumstances you have no control over. Most importantly, We all need relentless cheerleaders who bare down to love us hard when our rationale gets lost in the throes of our compromised mental state.
Sometimes it gets to the point where you are so loopy with anxiousness, that you forget why you felt that way in the first place. You have to be able to laugh through the panic. I can say with confidence that my inner circle has taken the time to get to know me on this level. I don’t know what I’d do without their humor or logic to bring me back down to earth.
So, I mean it when I say find people that can laugh at your anxiety. Latch on to those empathetic humans who can see the ridiculousness in your illogical fear(s) and make sense of them, without taking away their validity. Let them help steer you back in the direction of sanity. Before you know it, you’ll blink, and those moment(s) of panic will have passed, leaving you to wonder how you survived; until you look around you and realize who kept you afloat all along.
Whatever your anxiety may be, learn to laugh in its face.