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Anxiety. Our health and healing can feeling like a full time job. I sometimes get frustrated when my anxiety escalates as I feel like I should be "past that" by now. It's not a mindset that helps the situation but it's a human one. Over the years, I'm accumulated a ton of 'tools in my toolbelt' to manage my health and anxiety; but even so, sometimes it is still tough.
I was once told that anxiety is like a person at a hotel counter ringing the bell, trying to get our attention. This was actually very powerful imagery for me. It helped me begin to see anxiety as something to work with instead of against.
Some people won't understand the time and effort required for self care and mental health management. They won't. But dear one, this is not your fault. It is not your burden to bear, apologize for, or abandon. Self care is survival. It allows us to space to heal and grow and be. It is quality time with ourself. It is essential. It looks different for everyone.
I learned a long time ago that it was okay if I had to cancel plans because I was feeling overwhelmed, even if I couldn't provide a satisfactory reason for it. Over the years, I've discovered who my people are. The ones that love me where I'm at. Who leave space and time for those "off" days. Who have hugs and patience to spare.
If any of you can relate, know that it's okay to be exactly where you're at. No apology necessary.
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