#LetsTalkAnxiety

Hey everyone!

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me sneakily advertise a new thing coming to Phases Of Robyn, and here it is. You may or may not know of my battles with anxiety and panic disorder (I don’t want to call it a disorder but whatever) and I thought it was about time I brought something new to the blogging world to support us sufferers of anxiety.

I’ve had on and off anxiety problems since I was about 14 and it’s been especially bad since the end of 2014. I’m still struggling to get through life with it, however I’m so much better than I was. The most frustrating thing for me is that even the smallest of things (e.g. going to see my friends, going for a coffee etc…) causes me an annoying amount of anxiety – even though I’m not actually nervous about anything OTHER THAN BEING NERVOUS. Gah.

But… what has helped me deal with it the most? Meeting and speaking to people who go through the exact same thing. Trying to explain what an anxiety attack is like to a non-sufferer is literally the most pointless exercise ever, because they’ll never properly understand.

This topic bothers me so much, because I’m literally the most normal girl in the world. I feel like admitting I get anxious makes me a bit of a freak – but why should this be the case?

However, now that the world of mental health is becoming more accepted/normal, it gives me such a boost. Whenever I see someone tweet about anxiety or write a blog post or something I literally feel a small sigh of relief that A) people are more open about it now and B) I’m not alone. That’s what I want to get out of #LetsTalkAnxiety – you are not alone.

One thing that is known to help all anxiety issues is writing down your problems. Being so hyper-vigilant means all we do is think about crazy situations and then make them 100000 times worse in our heads. The form of taking thoughts from your mind and moving it somewhere else (into a notebook, to a friend, on your computer) is such a good way to release your mind of all your worries. That’s what I’m inviting you all to do with me!

If you struggle with panic or anxiety or even depression, because we all know they’re linked, then it’s time to get your stresses out. If you’re a blogger, write a blog post with #LetsTalkAnxiety and share your stories. Tweet about it all, discuss it with friends, ANYTHING! After this post goes live, I’d love to create a follow up post with links to all of your blog posts so that people can have a read through if they’re having a particularly hard time and need reassuring that they aren’t on their own.

Tweet me with your #LetsTalkAnxiety stories, I’ll give you a RT (remember to use the #!). We’ll all be working together to fix the Mental Health stigma and you never know who you may help.

Want to be involved? Time to start writing and sharing!

Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments, and email me/tweet me if you have any questions!

 

Much love,

R x

 

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35 Comments

  1. 28th September 2015 / 9:37 am

    Sounds like a great initiative, Robyn! I think it is great that it is becoming more widely accepted to talk about these things out of in the open and that the stigma attached to having these kinds of issues is slowly melting away, but I also think that it has become so main stream now that people suffering from modern-day stress (there definitely is more of it – including emotional stress as well – in the modern world) automatically think they have a condition which can have negative side effect of downplaying the severity of those like you and others who are really suffering from it. It seems like for some out there there is even a trend of having “panic attacks”. Still, regardless of what kind of chatter is going on, the important thing is that people who are really suffering have pillars of support and know what to do in certain situations which is why I think this is a great idea. I unfortunately will not be participating as I do not suffer from these issues and it would be unfair of me to give my input on something I do not know about, but wishing you the best of luck!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • 28th September 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Hi Rae,

      Thanks for your comment – I completely agree with everything you’ve said! The stigma is slowly lifting as it’s becoming less of a ‘taboo’ subject, and people are slowly realising that if you have a mental health problem then you’re still a normal person. With regard to the ‘trend’ of it though… you’re so right! I’ve noticed this too – it’s like people almost mistake having a panic attack because they’re a bit freaked or something because its on trend – CRAZY! I do feel like it means people (like myself) who really suffer with lots of issues surrounding anxiety don’t quite get taken as seriously.

      I love the amount of support that there is though for anxiety, and I’m glad you like the idea of my initiative! I’ve found it so helpful to discuss my issues with other bloggers who go through the same thing!

      Thanks lovely,

      R xoxo

    • 28th September 2015 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you! I have had anxiety for years and years but only had proper panic attacks for about a year – I’m so much better with them than I was though, and it’s helped so much to know how many people have been through the same!

      So glad you don’t have any panic any more, here’s hoping never again! 🙂

      R xoxo

  2. 28th September 2015 / 2:16 pm

    For a long time I have suffered with severe anxiety and more recently depression which is all tied to my poor self-esteem and lack of self-confidence. When I am in a social situation that I am not in control of I panic, if there is too many people around me I hyperventilate and feel scared or upset. Sometimes I feel paranoid that people are staring at me or other times I am reminded of my past and it scares me x

    • 28th September 2015 / 8:16 pm

      It’s horrid that the traumatic problems caused by anxiety can then lead to depression, it’s very common! A lot of my anxiety comes from lack of control too, and I hate being in situations where there are lots of people or it gets too stuffy and hot.

      The best thing to do is to breathe deeply and take your mind completely off of your anxiety – but the problem is this is so hard to do!

      Wishing you luck with it though,

      R xoxo

  3. 28th September 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Oh Robyn i admire you for talking about your anxiety here. I think this is so important for many many people – we always think we’re alone until we see others struggle with the same things! I hope things will get better for you girl :*

    Have a wonderful week!
    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com

    • 28th September 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you Kerstin! I have been amazed with how many people have responded to my post – it just goes to show how many bloggers suffer with anxiety issues, and hopefully doing this little project will help everyone feel a bit calmer and know they aren’t alone!

      Feel free to write a post about any anxiety you may have experienced lovely! I’d love to feature it in my follow up post – but only if you wanted to of course!

      Have a lovely week too,
      R xoxo

  4. 28th September 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Being a “stress-prone” individual, I would get an occasional anxiety attack or panic about something. Sometimes it would be something huge so people get the whole “drama” I’m making (even though I do not agree one bit that it should be called “being dramatic”, that hurt every time). However, sometimes it might be something small. Usually I would say it is something small but no matter what the issue is, it is normal to share the way you feel. So thank you so much for sharing this, Robyn. This is definitely a great cause to support and an amazing idea to support each other and other people and spread the word of encouragement.
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

    • 28th September 2015 / 8:20 pm

      I’m definitely stress prone too Nadia! Hopefully realising that so many other bloggers struggle with anxiety and panic makes you feel a little bit better – having a panic attack is such a horrible thing to endure but it gets easier knowing so many people go through the same. Thanks for your lovely comment!

      Feel free to write your own post about your anxiety and share it on twitter! I’d love to feature it on my follow up post – only if you want to of course!

      R xoxo

  5. 28th September 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Love this post! I’m Emily I’m 21 and have sensory processing disorder and anxiety. I write about my experiences and tips on my blog 21andsensory.wordpress.com and I love that you’ve been so open about how hard it is to cope with everyday – keep doing what you’re doing!

    • 28th September 2015 / 8:24 pm

      Hi Emily! Thank you for your comment! I have never heard of sensory processing disorder but I’ll have a look at your blog now! I definitely think it’s important to be open about your struggles with illness/anxiety, so many people go through the same problems and when you realise you aren’t alone it’s such a relief.

      Feel free to join in and write a post about your anxiety on your blog! If you share it with #LetsTalkAnxiety i’ll be happy to read and retweet, and feature on my follow up blog post! Only if you want to of course!

      Best wishes, R xoxo

      • 30th September 2015 / 6:40 pm

        Thanks! Hope my blog made sense!!! Its great to know I’m not alone along with other people.

        I’ve written a blog post using your hashtag – my blog is anonymous is the only problem as my friends don’t know about my struggles otherwise i would share it on twitter!

        Heres the link: https://21andsensory.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/letstalkanxiety/

        Emily 🙂

  6. 28th September 2015 / 8:31 pm

    So lovely to read such an honest post. My panic/anxiety came on when I was working in a horrendous job, I thought I had IBS or I was dying or something and didn’t realise what it was for a few months – ended up losing a stone and pretty much had a breakdown! I definitely feel like I’m over it with the help of a few tablets and some calming everyday techniques.
    It definitely still sneaks up on me and honestly most of the time I’m worried about getting the side effects of being worried! Most of the time when I have plans that I have to wait around for I get super anxious and half of the tine I’m late for that very reason! Ridiculous!!

    • 29th September 2015 / 11:46 am

      Thanks girl! I was the same I had absolutely no idea what was going on, mine was cause I was having a horrendous time at uni! I literally thought I was having some sort of heart attack. I’m much better with tablets and calming techniques but it still basically happens when I’m going to do anything! I get like ‘anticipatory anxiety’ where I just get nervous before I do anything haha – like you said with the waiting around for something!

      I’d love for you to take part in the project (only if you want to of course!!)

      R xoxo

  7. 28th September 2015 / 8:56 pm

    It is so inspiring to how brave you are to write this post♥

    chocolateandsunset.com

    • 29th September 2015 / 11:46 am

      Thank you lovely! It takes a lot of guts to write about mental health but if it helps other people (and myself…) then I really don’t mind.

      R xoxo

  8. 28th September 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Absolutely loved reading this post Robyn! I definitely agree with you on the fact that it it so difficult to describe a panic attack to anyone. I have suffered with panic attacks on and off for about 3 years (I am now nearly 17), after being bullied quite extremely. Although I have suffered with hyperventilation, I have also suffered with panic attacks that don’t include the hyperventilation (e.g. talking extremely fast and stumbling, sweating, nausea, tingling sensations, etc). I think a lot of people don’t realise that panic attacks can take different forms. I love this idea as it’s a brilliant way to get people talking. Thank you for opening up about your struggles Robyn!

    Chloe x

    • 29th September 2015 / 11:49 am

      Thank you Chloe! You’re spot on with everything you’ve said – everyone suffers from different panic attacks. I always feel like panic and anxiety stems from somewhere, and for you it was obviously school, mine was from being at university – it’s such a frustrating thing to live with!

      I’d love for you to take part in the project if you ever felt like writing a blog post about your anxiety! (only if you want to of course!)

      Much love, R xoxo

  9. Sarah
    5th October 2015 / 6:57 pm

    I bloody love that you have done this.
    I often write about anxiety on my blog and it’s crazy how many ‘normal’ people who read it and have a light bulb moment. You’re right, it’s so hard and pointless trying to explain things to non-anxiety sufferers, because they just don’t understand!
    Thank you so much for starting the campaign, I’ll be sure to try and join in next week!
    Sarah xxx

    • 5th October 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Thanks Sarah! It takes so much to write about it but I really do think it helps.

      Non sufferers do really try to understand but I just don’t think they can ever 100% empathise!

      Can’t wait to see a post by you on it! Make sure you tweet your posts with #LetsTalkAnxiety!

      R xoxo

      • Sarah
        10th October 2015 / 9:44 am

        Oh for sure! They do try, but the issue I find is that I can never find the words to explain! If you know what I mean?
        I’m having a blogging day tomorrow and for sure I am going to get this into my blogging calendar!
        Sarah | Diary of a Teachaholic
        xxx

        • 10th October 2015 / 11:14 am

          Yeah I totally understand! It’s a tough one. And that would be so great! Be sure to tweet me with the #!

          R xoxo

  10. 5th October 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Good for you, Robyn – and thank you for getting so many people writing about anxiety!
    I went through a really bad year with generalised anxiety, and one of the things that helped me most was ‘free writing’. This was simply putting a pen to paper and writing whatever words were in my head for ten or twenty minutes. It really helped organise a racing mind.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • 6th October 2015 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! So glad you love the idea, it took me a while to decide whether to start the small project but I’m glad I did.
      But I’m sorry to hear that! However it’s amazing when you find something that works for you to calm yourself – I love writing down my thoughts particularly at night if I’m having trouble sleeping cause my mind is all over the place!

      R xoxo

  11. Rebecca
    6th October 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Yes yes yes 10000% yes! I posted a ‘positives about anxiety’ a while back that had a similar response – people saying how much it helps to talk about it. This sounds like an amazing project. Count me in 🙂 xxxx

    • 7th October 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Definitely! I’ve done one before but it was ages ago and thought I’d get people involved in something because… why not?! Can’t wait for you to post! Use #LetsTalkAnxiety on twitter so I can see!

      R xoxo

  12. 6th October 2015 / 10:27 pm

    I think this is a great idea, it’s time people spoke up! I definitely think I’m going to write a post about my anxiety and experiences! Especially now it’s something people seem so eager to read about

    • 7th October 2015 / 6:15 pm

      I totally agree! Thanks so much, definitely write a post – I’d love to see! People love to read about it because so many people experience it and can relate.

      Use #LetsTalkAnxiety so I can see it! <3

      R xoxo

  13. Sam
    7th October 2015 / 9:31 am

    This is so so awesome! I don’t have anxiety but I did suffer from Anorexia for 4 years, so I know how difficult living with mental health problems can be. I think this is amazing, you’re fighting the stigma and helping others in one go which is seriously amazing xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

    • 7th October 2015 / 6:19 pm

      I’ve had eating issues before and it all links in, and causes all sorts of mental health things – everyone is different! Thanks so much for such a lovely comment though, I love how many people support each other with all the mental health type blog posts these days!

      R xoxo

    • 8th October 2015 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing! I really enjoyed reading! I’m so glad it’s becoming less of a stigmatised thing. <3

      R xoxo

  14. 11th November 2015 / 11:44 am

    This is such a great and personal post. I’ve had issues with anxiety the past year and it’s nice to read and communicate with those who struggle with the same issue.

    Megan X

    http://www.lifewithmcm.com

    • 11th November 2015 / 4:48 pm

      I’m glad you feel that way! I find it so helpful knowing I’m not the only one suffering with anxiety issues. Thanks for your comment!

      R xoxo

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