"Even googling about anxiety, gives me anxiety..." Well, you're not alone. As mental health professionals, googling about any issue gives us anxieety too. One thing google doesnt tell you is that anxiety is not a box that you fit into. Its a spectrum of "I can't tell my neighbour the music is too loud" till "I can't breathe because I'm having a panic attack". Not to mention, anxiety can make it challenging to work or study or even relax consistently. It decreases concentration and increases fatigue. Anxious thoughts chase each other like a dog chasing its tail. Unfortunately, trying to calm anxiety with reassuring thoughts, or to “fix” anxious thoughts with other thoughts, just doesn’t work. It’s also exhausting. What adds to it all is the shame of having to seek reassuarance, not knowing how to be in public, not being able to take a compliment, and not landing the right jobs. It might seem like you're the only one, but its not true. 1 in 20 people struggle with anxiety of different kinds. While it might be scary to meet so many strangers, knowing that that's a fear shared by all of you might make it easier to be vulnerable, bring your authentic self and participate. Awareness is the first step in rewiring anxiety.
Going through a mental health challenge can make you feel isolated and afraid, among many other things. I remember feeling this way when I was in a difficult place, and that's when I signed up for a buddy circle at HiO. Although I was scared at first, that changed to relief and a sense of hope. The buddy circle reminded me that I'm not completely alone in my journey; help and company is always an arm's reach away :')
Buddy Circle serves exactly what it promises! I remember being a little nervous about my first session, but as you see people open up one by one and you relate with other's struggles, it feels like you're a part of a community, and you can really understand each other. What I liked about the buddy circle was that it always provides us with a learning strategy, something to take back and implement in your everyday life.