Why I Think People Who Have Anxiety Are The Bravest People

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Recently, I was in the midst of a conversation with a friend on a completely unrelated topic, when something struck me – people who suffer from anxiety are some of the bravest people in the world.

Why this thought popped into my head when we were discussing something else entirely, I have no idea, but I digress; the point is, I do believe exactly that!

Why?

Because people who suffer from anxiety face their biggest fears daily.

Think about it. When someone is afraid of heights and they decide to face that fear by going skydiving, what happens? We all applaud them for their bravery.

Or when someone confronts an attacker in a dangerous robbery. Aren’t we amazed at how incredibly brave that person is?

Well, a person with anxiety does those things every day.

Anxiety is their skydiving.

Anxiety is their dangerous attacker.

If you are someone who has never experienced anxiety (and I’m not talking about being nervous, or having butterflies in your tummy), I mean real anxiety, you are probably thinking ‘Yeah sure, okay!’ But if you are an anxiety sufferer, you will know exactly where I’m coming from with this train of thought.

The thing is, when you suffer anxiety, no one pats you on the back and says, ‘Hey, you’re brave. Good job!’ Instead, people say, ‘Umm, get over it!’ That’s the difference.

I’m not saying every person with anxiety should get some sort of parade. I’m just providing some food for thought and a reminder that compassion goes a long way.


What are your thoughts? Do you suffer anxiety and have to fight your fears every day? Also, what helps you to cope? For me, spending time with animals and looking after my plant-kids has a calming effect. I’d love to hear what works for you x

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