Hello all. Brittney here, at home, trying not to pull my hair out. How is everyone holding up? Here is the way I view things. If you are at home with your beautiful, naughty, smart mouth, bundles of joy, I am most positive you are stressed out. Trying to keep the house clean, trying to be a teacher, a referee, a wife or husband, and a chef. The list could go on and on. The people who are still working are probably wishing they could be at home. But what about the people who don't have either? How are you guys hanging in there? This virus pandemic is seriously a scary ordeal. And than you add social distancing and some may have lost the only social life they had, which was their job. I want to first say, that I struggle with anxiety among other things. Most people do not know this about me, but I have struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time. It is a scary thing, and it's hard to talk about. I was worried about being judged, or worried that it made me a bad mom. Hell, just the label itself is scary. I want to throw some statistics out there.
1 out of 5 people suffer from some sort of anxiety
Anxiety comes I'm many forms (PTSD, panic disorders, and phobias)
Anxiety Prefers women over men. Now when I read this, I couldn't help but think, "damn, us women cant seem to catch a break."
Some anxiety disorders may not even show up until later on. For me, I have noticed my anxiety has been crazy bad since the loss of my dad. I am also noticing things I am doing that I have never done. My eye twitches, I talk really fast, and apparently I stutter now.
Anxiety is extremely under treated. Due to this is; people start searching for ways to self medicate. And if you know anything about this, it can turn into addiction, fast. And I am not just talking about drugs and alcohol. Almost anything can turn into an addiction. Food, shopping, porn, gaming, the list goes on and on.
My whole point to all of this is, please, please if you or someone you know is having any of these issues the worst thing a person can do is nothing. Reach out to a family member, a friend, a doctor, or a hot line. If all else fails or you just don't feel comfortable reaching out to people you know reach out to me. I know how it feels to be on both sides of the table. And I still struggle. I can't promise to have all the answers but I can be a good listener. Stay strong everyone and be kind to each other. We will get through this together! P.S. I can not stress how much meditation can help and just putting your bare feet in the grass. This is my raw truth... part of it anyway.