Kierkegaard called anxiety “the dizziness of freedom”
Anxiety is a heavy-hearted prison of the psyche, which includes the trap of people-pleasing, toxic allure to conformity and sense of outsiderdom. It is cyclical in nature. Patters are able to be extracted from the four habits that often trigger the wave of anxiety.
- Accumulating too much fatigue.
- Repressing your emotions.
- Setting goals too high
- Collecting Responsibilities.
But by defining them, in words and pictures, there is some solidarity found in knowing we are not alone as we may feel. Illustrating truths and emotions are much more easier to digest, especially it’s often uncontainable and overcoming nature.
“I’ve spent so many years repressing my feelings that I’ve lost touch with my emotions.”
Seeing anxiety be defined and contained outside my brain is a way to help me deal and meditate the blur and accumulation that I have inside me. It’s becoming a plug that has failed to stir the thoughts, feelings and emotions inside me. I become frustrated of myself and blame my actions to have caused it. It feels as though there are cinderblocks on my legs and I feel to run upon the starting trigger. Everyone’s running their race, in my head, and I am sitting still, in the starting line.
Talking about it helps. I hope. I started a relationship with my therapist and we began to dissect things starting from the beginning, with my family, with how I thought I became, to what I perceive myself to be. She asked me if anyone actually described me as “lazy” and I found myself stumped in a way that it was just me after all. Just me versus the world, trying to silence the voices.
(Source: Brain Pickings, Catherine Lepage’s “Thins Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind”)