I’ve often written about my experiences with sharing my anxiety struggles and having people come to me and tell me that they also struggle in the same ways I do. I’ve found that by putting out my successes that I’ve had friends come to me and share how they have also succeeded. Not only that, but others who are struggling have come to me to ask me for more information on how they can achieve some success in their struggles as well.
Lately, I have been spending some time in the morning meditating. Last week I started meditating for 30 minutes instead of the normal 20 that I have in the past. To be honest, the only reason I started doing that was because a good friend of mine told me he does at least 30 minutes per day and I thought I’d challenge myself to do the same. Being the extrovert that I am, I said something about my increase in time on Facebook and had a couple of my friends reply and tell me about their meditation practice and how it gets them through the day.
Sometimes you can’t tell who is struggling and who is using something like meditation or even medication to feel better. So now, I’ve seen that not only do people relate to my struggles, but my friends and I seem to relate to each other in how we achieve success over our struggles. It’s really opened my eyes to how incredible a lot of my friends are. Many of them are financially successful and seem to not have a care in the world… on the outside.
Not only has this given me a new perspective on life and the people I know, it’s also helped me to not feel so afraid. Maybe I can reach out and help someone as my confidence grows. Just knowing that others are experiencing the same fears helps.
Recently, a guy at work expressed some concern to me that he was having a great deal of anxiety lately. I gave him some tips and hope he follows up. Honestly, the greatest tip I could give him, is something he’s already figured out. Just open up to people, talk about it and don’t stigmatize it.
Be well. Be positive.