Even though many people assume that human beings suffering from anxiety are weak, their ability to survive while being burdened with such depressing and debilitating emotions is obvious proof of their immense strength. Every day, anxiety tells you that you’re weak, that you’re unworthy, and that you shouldn’t even bother getting out of bed at all. It requires great willpower to get ready and to face the day despite these compulsions, and when someone suffering from anxiety manages to be sociable, positive, and productive in addition to facing the daylight, then they should be praised rather than being criticized for anything.
It’s far easier to cancel plans, to decline dates, to skip class, or to call in sick than it is to show up and to attempt to make progress, so individuals with anxiety should be given support as opposed to criticism in these situations as well. And even when someone suffering from anxiety does cancel or decline to do something, remember that sometimes just being around other human beings really is too much for them to handle—and that it probably took more strength than you could ever imagine to actually contact you or communicate with you at all.
When a person is experiencing anxiety, they can be unimaginably self-conscious, and there can be absolutely nothing that they or anyone else can do to make them feel otherwise. All they can do is keep pushing, keep persevering, and keep focusing on getting through the day. Regardless of how many negative or dark thoughts keep coming to mind, and regardless of how weak silent voices and looks accuse them of being, many human beings suffering from anxiety will continue to put one foot in front of the other, continue to live productive lives overall, and continue to be strong in body, mind, and soul.
However, persevering is extremely hard, tiring, and varying; when a human being is forced to operate under uncomfortable circumstances, the moments involving tension can seem like hours, days, or lifetimes. If you’ve never worried incessantly about what to say or what to wear or what to do for days, weeks, or months on end, then there’s just no way you can truly comprehend how nerve-racking and torturous it can be. Although progress is often made, regression almost always occurs from time to time as well, so sometimes the battle really is an ongoing war. But again, just surviving requires immense strength and willpower, and when all this courage is mustered people dealing with anxiety can accomplish even more than 100% healthy human beings can—even though anxiety sufferers have to put in over twice the amount of mental and emotional effort to succeed.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.