The other day, a friend disclosed that they had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. This came as a shock as I had always known this friend to be an upbeat, confident and sociable person. But now they were battling with this condition and they didn’t know what to do. I’ve always been aware that people go through things and you may not always know it. But to be honest, I thought I would have spotted the signs if it were a friend. But I didn’t…and that upset me. It reminded me that it’s so important to show love and support to the people around you, because you never know when they’ll need it the most…
As my friend opened up to me and told me about the extent of their anxiety, I could draw parallels in my own life. The feeling of anxiety wasn’t alien to me and I’ll be honest I’ve experienced it on occasions. Life can go in waves sometimes. One minute you feel like everything is going great and then the next, you feel at a loss, angry and confused. The simplest tasks can become challenging, like going to the shops or making an important telephone call. Anxiety is never something that you just wake up with one morning. It is something that gradually develops over time! And that is exactly how my friend described it.
Whenever I have began to feel anxious or low it’s usually at a point where I’ve been the least productive. For example, I may not have completed a few tasks. Or I may have avoided certain responsibilities. After a while I reach a point where I say enough is enough! And when I get like that I know I’ve hit my breaking point.
Breaking Point –Where you finally have enough of feeling like crap and realise there’s more to life
It is at this moment that I usually decide to do something more positive with my life instead of remaining low. It’s easy to cover things up and pretend that you are OK whilst experiencing extreme anxiety on the inside. But I never saw this as beneficial to my life. I can’t sit here and say I experience it as severely as others…but I have had my moments. One thing I always did was to do everything within my power to snap out of it!
Anxiety = Ambition ??
The definition of anxiety and ambition are surprisingly similar.
Anxiety – is the strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.
Ambition – a strong desire to do or achieve something
Both actions require a strong desire for change. Both individuals feel intense emotions. They both live through feelings of uneasiness and being unsettled with their current life. Their current situation are constant reminders that they’re not living life to their full potential. The only thing that sets these actions apart is how they manifest themselves. Anxiety displays negative outcomes whereas ambition encourages more positive results.
But what if I said anxiety is a great indicator of your ambitious nature? What if I said that the anxiety you feel is a precursor for you to become ambitious? Would you approach your anxiety differently? We can see that anxiety and ambition are not dissimilar and that they essentially hold the same traits. However, all you have to do is make that choice to see things more positively. I believe that when you hit breaking point…it’s a great opportunity to progress onto the next level.
Unfortunately there are no quick fixes for anxiety and I know it’s something people deal with on a daily basis. But to anyone struggling with these issues I’m sending positive vibes your way…
And to my friend that inspired me to write this post, you can beat this!
Have you experienced anxiety or depression? How did you overcome it?