I never thought my anxiety was a problem until about two weeks ago when I checked myself into a medical facility because I felt like I could be having a stroke. Admittedly, I never took people’s anxiety seriously, “it’s just an excuse”, I told myself, but after my “scary” situation, I now realize the severity of some people’s anxiety.
Most weeks, I work a job five days-a-week and then (currently) I work an internship with a local minor league baseball team. I host a pre-game radio show and I like to meticulously plan out my on-air routine when I get breaks from work, since it’s tough to find time in my day to get many things done. To shorten a long story, I let the stress of trying to get everything done in so little time get to me. This is not good because I experienced what is known as a “panic/anxiety” attack. One thing I learned through this experience is to try and limit your stress when you can. Everything is not going to fall apart because you decided to sit and eat lunch for a half hour. I got myself into the thinking that if I didn’t write up a perfect pre-game report it would be the end of the world.
I am by no means saying that some stress is not good because it allows us to learn from mistakes and make adjustments. What’s the definition of insanity? “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome”. I think it’s only natural that we are our own harshest critics, but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up so much that it causes us to take ill.
The bottom line: Stress is a part of life. Anxiety is something that many have to deal with, so everyone who falls into this camp just has to do what they can to limit their stress. Take a break from work, just relax for (even) five minutes. Most importantly, when you do something good, take that moment home with you. Maybe it was a rough day at the office, but I’m sure you did something “good” throughout the day. “Hang your hat on that”. Positive thinking is the only way to move forward. “I might have messed up earlier, I made a mistake, but I can always make up for it”. I hope some of you have found some solace in knowing that you are not the only one who suffers from some kind of anxiety. We can’t let it run our lives. The worst that can happen is that we fail, and our failures often make us better people. Just something to think about as you go through your busy week.