by Dylan Levitt
Anxiety. The loudest, most obnoxious voice in your head. The one that you can never quite mute no matter how hard you try.
Living with anxiety is like always fighting a battle you probably will not win, but you attempt to anyway because you have to survive. No part of this disease is easy, but that does not mean that we have to let it keep us from dreaming.
I have been really fortunate in my life, at least in some areas. I have received opportunities that I never could have imagined and my heart has grown because of them. And as much as I have an immense amount of praise for what I have been able to accomplish, it unfortunately does not quiet that annoying pest that lives inside of me.
When my anxiety bubbles up before a speech or a podcast or an interview, I like to take a few deep breaths and pause. Think about what I am going to say and give myself some time to collect my thoughts. I don’t ignore my anxiety, in fact I use it as fuel to keep going.
When it comes to those feelings, we have a few different options. We can let our anxiety hold us back or we can give our all to whatever it is that we are doing and hope that we have the control.
Anxiety is a sharp, little sucker. It finds its way into each and every one of our cracks, filling them up until our minds are consumed. But we don’t have to allow it to keep us from achieving our goals. Anxiety takes so much from us, so why should we let it take even more?
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