A few months ago I reached out to This Is Brave, a local organization that shares women’s stories of hardships and mental health. These stories are meant to provide support, inspire others, and let people dealing with similar issues know that they are not alone.
Not many people are aware, but I used to struggle with a lot of free-floating anxiety. Most of this anxiety I brought upon myself, and I recognize that now. I didn’t want to admit it for a long time. Accepting the fact that I was usually the main source of my stress helped me take the first steps towards coping with my anxiety.
It sounds silly, but yarn truly saved me from my anxiety. After I realized I needed to make some changes in my life, I started searching for a mindfulness activity. After cycling through, and giving up on oodles of different hobbies and distractions, I finally settled on knitting.
I was always embarrassed about my anxiety. I would fight through panic attacks in public places and feel like I was going to be sick, all so I wouldn’t bring attention to myself. This isn’t healthy, or normal.
After discovering a fantastic, relaxing, and inherently productive way of dealing with my anxiety, I knew I had to share this with others. I am so thankful I stumbled upon This Is Brave.
**Featured Photo by: Estella Photo