anxiety chronicles

Positive affirmations and playing solitaire: This is what helps with my anxiety

The presence of anxiety is a constant in my life

Yoga, dancing, eating healthy: This is what helps with my anxiety

It took a lot of therapy

A ‘quiet desperation of not doing enough’: This is how I experience anxiety

I grew up ‘in a culture where the word anxiety wasn’t in the vocabulary’

‘I walk around the world with my nerves exposed’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘When I feel anxious, upset and refuse to acknowledge my feelings, I still feel fire and needles running through my veins’

‘I had to control whatever I could’: This is how I experience anxiety

Extending myself grace and compassion has been a huge coping technique for me

‘Swamped by massive feelings of inadequacy’: This is how I experience anxiety

My coping mechanisms include yoga, therapy and meditation

It is ‘still such a taboo subject to discuss’: This is how I experience anxiety

Having a dog has been instrumental

‘It is easy to lose control of the day’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘These days of shelter-in-place with two toddlers while trying to get work done is the perfect recipe for my anxiety’

It’s ‘a severely twisted version of whack-a-mole’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It’s like a mental Instagram boomerang of the most hellacious roller-coaster drop of my life’

‘I sometimes wish I could turn off my brain from everyday thoughts’: This is how I experience anxiety

A dispatch from an American living in Italy during coronavirus