A thief in the night



I woke up this morning to my nemesis, Depression, banging on my front door. I slammed that door in his face and started piling furniture across the opening. Unfortunately, while I was guarding the front door, his partner, Anxiety, snuck around to the back, climbed in a window and stole my peace of mind.

A little anxiety in your life is a good thing, a defense mechanism. It’s normal to worry if you remembered to lock the door or turned off the oven. I’m not talking about that kind of anxiety. This best buddy of Depression is the big, bully Anxiety with a capital A. He’s the one that squeezes my chest until I can’t breathe. Locks my knees in place so that I want to run but can’t move. He terrorizes my mind, making me imagine the sky is falling when, in reality, it’s just a little rain. He overwhelms my life. Leaves me as a prisoner huddling beneath my covers, trembling in the dark.

What can I do to make Anxiety move out? A few simple things include breaking up with caffeine and going to bed at a regular time. Talking it out with a friend can help, too. Live in the moment. Look for the good in things happening right now.

Teach yourself that no is a complete sentence. It’s OK to say no and you don’t need to explain your reasons for declining.

Watch a favorite movie. A recent study shows the repetition of a movie calms you. Knowing the outcome of a story helps you feel safe in our unpredictable world and comforts you by recapturing lost feelings.

As with any mental health struggle, please talk to your doctor about treatment options. Don’t let Anxiety win. Let’s kick that thief back out on the street.

GLENDA THOMPSON is a columnist for the Pleasanton Express and is currently writing a series on finding your hidden talents. Glenda resides in Charlotte where she is hard at work on the second novel in a series about Texas Rangers with dark secrets. Her first novel, Broken Toys, is available on Amazon.

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