As part of my Mental Health quest to show people it’s OK to speak openly about these issues and its nothing to be embarrassed by.
Realmomblog has agreed to open up and tell her story about how she deals with life managing family life and Severe Anxiety Disorder.
Enjoy the read…
1. Tell us about yourself
I’m a 33 year old wife and mother of 3. I run Realmomblog.com,where I
chronicle living with severe anxiety disorder, as well as a ton of
parenting stuff. My hobbies include reading, writing, and hiding from
my children while eating snacks I don’t want to share.
2. When did you get diagnosed with Mental Health issues and what was you
diagnosed with? I was diagnosed as a teen with Severe Anxiety Disorder.
3. How does this effect your everyday living?
Anxiety can be a lot of things, on a good day, you’re just a little on
edge, on a bad day you can have panic attacks where you feel like you’re
dying, it’s hard to breathe and you feel an overwhelming sense of dread.
Basically, whenever you have one of these panic attacks your body says
“Woah, that was scary lets never do that again!” even though all you
did was something mundane like walk into a store. Anxiety can be
crippling, always being on edge, always worrying, your body suffers from
the constant flux of fight or flight hormones, cortisol and adrenaline
to name a few. Maintaining a high degree of vigilance or awareness for
an extended period of time is mentally and physically exhausting. It
becomes easier to stay home or keep to yourself to avoid these panicked
feelings, leading to isolation, loneliness, and potentially depression.
4. How do you keep yourself calm in stressful situations?
Grounding techniques help a lot. Deep Breathing helps a lot as well. A
grounding technique gives you a focus point to concentrate, like
something you can feel, smell, taste, see, or hear. Deep breathing
works similarly by focusing on taking slow deep breaths. There are
other methods but these two are the simplest and most commonly used.
5. Do you feel people’s opinions have changed towards you since you were
I think they do, it’s hard to quantify it but it’s quite frustrating.
For this reason I’ve avoided telling people in the past, and this just
led me to feeling even more alone and anxious.
6. Why did you start blogging?
I actually started my blog to help me overcome some of my anxiety and
it’s been instrumental in allowing me to not feel so alone, in fact I
have encountered the exact opposite. Everyone has been very friendly
and supportive in both the blogging and mental health circles. And in
talking to new people in both and research for articles on mental health
awareness, anxiety is surprisingly common with nearly 1 in 4 Americans
experiencing it. I started blogging to help myself and others
experiencing Severe Anxiety Disorder.
7. What are your future goals?
My blog is really growing very fast right now, and I’m constantly
working on new content, which keeps me very busy. I’m currently working
on releasing a free course and e-book about Anxiety Disorders and I hope
to be able to release it by early summer!
8. Name something good about yourself.
I’m a very loving person!
Thank you very much for doing this guest post it was very brave of you to stand up and talk publicly about these issues, I wish you all the best in the future!
If you would like to see more from Realmom then you can from the links below..
Daddy Giraffe x