“Anxiety is a 2am shower. Anxiety is your mood changing in a matter of minutes.”
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner
Anxiety, to those on the outside, could be simply articulated as ‘worrying’. But for those who suffer with crippling anxiety, they’re aware of how it’s so much more than that. And a Facebook post written by anxiety sufferer Brittany Nichole Morefield earlier this year gave a powerful insight into exactly what it is.
Brittany posted her important words along with a picture of her legs curled up against one side of the bath, and the image invites people to understand just how intensely anxiety can impact a person, and how fragile it can make them feel.
“Anxiety isn’t just having a hard time catching your breath,” read the post, which has been shared over 420,000 times.
“Anxiety is waking up at 3 am from a dead sleep because your heart is racing.
“Anxiety is breaking out in a rash for no reason.
“Anxiety is stressing over things that may or my not be real.
“Anxiety is questioning your faith, how could my creator allow me to feel this way!?
“Anxiety is calling your sister 3 hours before she gets up for work, in hopes she’ll answer so you can get your mind off the attack.
“Anxiety is a 2 am shower.
“Anxiety is your mood changing in a matter of minutes.
“Anxiety is uncontrollable shaking and twitching.
“Anxiety is crying, real and painful tears.
“Anxiety is nausea.
“Anxiety is crippling.
“Anxiety is dark.
“Anxiety is having to make up excuse after excuse for your behaviour.
“Anxiety is fear.
“Anxiety is worry.
“Anxiety is physically and emotionally draining.
“Anxiety is raw.
“Anxiety is real.
“Anxiety is a fight with your spouse, even though you’re not mad.
“Anxiety is snapping at the smallest annoyance.
“Anxiety is flashbacks.
“Anxiety is ‘what if.’
“Anxiety is a lot of ‘what’s wrong’ and ‘I don’t know.'”
Brittany’s post shares just how irrational, frustrating and obsessive anxiety can be – but she has some words of encouragement for anyone battling with it:
“Your feelings matter. Just because you’re bothered by something others aren’t, it doesn’t make you crazy or worthless. Some of the most successful people in life have anxiety. This is not your fault. This is not the end. You are strong. You are intelligent. You are brave. You are worthy.”
And adding some worthwhile advice, makeup artist Brittany finished the post, writing: “If you ever need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll never ever be upset if you make me your 2am phone call.”
If you are struggling with anxiety, want more information or to chat to somebody about your experience, call Mind on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 or visit your GP.