Keeping Up the Fight and Managing Anxiety

One of my favorite speakers often talks about the necessity of thanking our experiences for what they make us. I didn’t realize how true this practice was until I experienced anxiety. It’s easy to look back on our lives and hold on to the moments that hurt us. It’s also not an easy task to pick yourself up when it seems life has knocked you down — but it’s possible!

Perhaps, the hardest part of getting up is embracing who you are. Although it’s scary, there’s nothing you can do about the past. Your life is happening right now. Instead of giving power to the past, I propose trying something new. We can take back our lives, fight the good fight and boldly pursue our dreams in true Girls on the Run fashion!

Anxiety is painful, but I made it through! How did I move from a debilitating place to reclaiming my power? I took action to get my life back. I stood up and I made the changes I needed to make. I woke up one morning and decided I didn’t want to spend one more day living life on the verge of tears, wondering what was wrong with me — so I empowered myself to fight.

My experience with anxiety and managing my mental health has taught me that I am so strong. I have been to the bottom and felt the weight of anxious despair. But I have also learned that I am a survivor!

When you find yourself struggling with the circumstances of life, don’t give up and don’t remain silent! There is often a stigma around the topic of mental health, but here are some things that will carry you through:

Cry it out. Sometimes, I had to put myself to bed and sleep through the tears but, when I got out of bed the next morning, I picked up the phone and called for help.

Talk about it. I went to therapy. I got myself out of a toxic situation and sought medical treatment.

Do not listen to the lies. I could have given in and believed the anxiety, but my will to fight it turned me into a warrior.

You are just as capable and strong as anyone. Our battles may look and sound a little different, but at the core, we are fighting the same fight.

As I look back on my worst nights, I realize I was the one holding onto unrealistic expectations of myself that contributed to the feelings of worry that are often associated with anxiety. We are not perfect people and will always be a work in progress. I am still working through those expectations daily, but I also continue to learn about and implement self-compassion, and I keep moving forward. Every day is a new day to try again, and I am infinitely grateful for that.

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