This Week Has Been Tough: Trying to Find Breaks in the Stress

Kelly P.
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
2 min readMay 26, 2022

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Photo by Luis Villasmil on Unsplash

I’ve struggled this week, well, the past few weeks. There has been a lot going on. I’m still in the middle of moving. The world and world events are upsetting. I was already struggling because of my own issues and attitudes about things. I feel overwhelmed, stressed, and feel like there are no breaks between the storm. I deal with this all the time. This ongoing struggle comes from my all-or-nothing thinking and false beliefs mixed with my anxiety about thinking about worst-case scenarios. It took me years to identify it, and while I’ve identified it and I can recognize the patterns, it isn’t easy to break past those barriers.

That was one misconception I had about starting therapy and addressing my mental health issues: instant relief and success. When I started treatment to manage my anxiety, I thought I would find instant relief. Like a switch being flipped. Do you know how a broken bone heals? You have the trauma inflicted, you take the proper care and preventive steps, and then (in most cases), it’s back to where you were or better. I expected working through my mental health to be similar. This outcome hasn’t been the case.

I read an analogy from Scott Stossel’s My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind that living anxiety was like living like diabetes. In most cases, you can’t…

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Kelly P.
Writers’ Blokke

Aspiring freelance writer and photographer. Nerd. Check out my site: https://kellyssurfwords.com