On my instagram page I’ve received great feedback on my openness with my experience with anxiety so I thought I would answer some of your questions in a video rather than typing it all out. I got quite a few questions and had to split this up into two parts. The video below addresses the following questions:
- What to do in public when you feel like you are about to have a panic attack?
- How does your family view your anxiety and are there moments they have a hard time understanding?
- How did you handle school stress and attempting to take breaks and feel like you were put further behind by doing so?
- Does drinking cause anxiety or make it worse and did you drink on medication?
- What did you do when breathing/working out doesn’t help your anxiety?
I didn’t address much of my journey with anxiety and instead I just jumped into some questions. The next video I will answer more personal questions related to my experience but I hope this is helpful for those who need it!
Just a little background before you watch. My anxiety began in college around my junior year. I was living in Chicago away from my parents who were my biggest support and I felt helpless. At my lowest point I would cry 5+ times a day, had dropped 15 lbs, feel depressed and worthless, and felt horrible for being in such a situation (when I had so many happy things to be thankful for!!) but had no idea how to get myself out of it. Fast forward to now. I’m finishing my first full year of graduate school and I’ve began (with my doctor) to wean off my meds because I no longer need them. I am a happier Connie who has learned SO much about herself to allow for anxiety not be anywhere close to the biggest thing in my life.
Ps- I talk a lot about crying.
In other news, I’m SO excited for the weekend. I get to relax and then hopefully this restfulness lasts into studying for finals (haha).