With encouraging reports documenting the rise in mental health awareness floating around popular media platforms, it could be argued that things are looking up when it comes to the overall well-being of our minds…
Coming in all different shapes and forms, the experiences of anxiety sufferers can often dramatically vary from person to person. In an era where pressure caused anxiety can swoop in from several aspects of life, it is often swept aside and accepted as a painful, frequently crippling part of growing up by many. Despite many now appreciating with a pinch of salt, it can’t be ignored that the constant flow of media outlets still mirroring a ‘perfect life’ template can involuntarily play havoc with numerous individual’s sense of achievement. From pre-teens to those looking into their 30’s, the generation full of innovation, aspiration, and accomplishment has arguably grown up facing a multitude of expectations. Perhaps due to the pressures implemented by the instant gratification, our peers have the power to grant, or due to own self-inflicted judgments, a lot of us don’t openly showcase the imperfections we harbor.
Anxiety, sometimes seen as the scapegoat word for those with ‘dramatic tendencies’ has been stamped with a stigma which it is struggling to lose. Due to the variation of traits, it can trigger within each individual, it seems a lack of understanding often leaves sufferers alone, lost within the dark maze of the panic disorder.
Similar to the effects that anxiety has on each individual, it seems mechanisms that can soothe the symptoms come with varying levels of effectiveness for every sufferer. From learning ways to accept that not every thought that enters your mind is accompanied with absolute truth, to finding passions which can switch focus from the negative to the positive; exploration of one’s personal anxiety is vital when looking to successfully navigate it. Reassuringly It appears that the existence of outlets in which encourage individuals to feel safe in exploring their anxiety is on the up, with campaigns such as MQ: Transforming Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness Week paving the way. With still a long way to go, it seems the right steps are slowly being taken to remove the negative connotations associated with all forms of mental health. With more people than ever searching and hoping to connect with others who have shared similar experiences, an absolutely crucial step has to be to remove the stigma that Anxiety, and its sufferers, have been so undeservedly partnered with. As acceptance and understanding continue to sculpture the way mental health is perceived, there’s a distinct hope that celebrating the differences between everyone, whether physical or mental will continue to be encouraged; hopefully positively influencing the next generation of social media users.
It seems when your biggest fear is your own mind, and its ability to completely eclipse your own sense of self, all anyone can really rely on is the courage to seek help from those around you. So, let’s start talking.