I have a secret.
I have started seeing a therapist.
This is something I ummed and ahhed about for awhile and definitely thought I would never share publicly.
However, it’s been so helpful that I hope that by posting about it, I can help others too.
You see, I have struggled with anxiety my whole life. I worry about everything to the point where it is really unhelpful.
My doctor has been telling me to go to a therapist for a long time but I really did not think it would help. Plus, the whole idea made me feel very anxious. It’s a bit of a catch twenty two.
I finally made myself do it though and I’m so happy I did! I really did worry about nothing.
Chris is a wonderful woman who makes it very easy for me to open up and I’m realizing all types of things I didn’t understand before. I understand where my anxiety comes from which is helping me both remove the problem at the root and also deal with the symptoms.
It’s not just talking that helps either. I’ve started journaling (at Chris’s insistence) which is also helping me really understand where my anxiety is coming from when it hits.
I’ve been surprised to find that usually the source of my anxiety has nothing at all to do with what I’m anxious about and knowing that helps me deal with it far more effectively than I have ever been able to before.
Chris also has an online group which helps me connect with other people with similar problems and it helps a lot to know I’m not alone and how I feel is completely normal.
If you are suffering with anxiety, I can’t recommend enough that you go and get professional help. I only regret that I took so long to do so.