Anxiety warriors

I’m all for being a strong woman, but battling anxiety is a concept that I need to let go of. There’s a lot of talk in the mental health community about being a ‘warrior’, which is kind of cool, (I’m picturing myself wearing Vikings-style makeup and waving an axe around,) but sometimes fighting can be counterproductive.

Because let’s face it, these warrior battles take up a lot of energy, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much of that right now. Instead of charging into battle, try to put down your weapons and let anxiety do its thing. Observe how it feels and notice the thoughts going through your mind. There is a lot of power in accepting things as they are.

You can still be a badass warrior, but pick your battles. Consider when it’s a good idea to push yourself and when to retreat. It can be frustrating, because I forget this all the time and fall back into bad habits.

I started overthinking. I was wrapped up in worries about the third lockdown currently underway here in England. How would I manage the next few months without going anywhere or seeing anyone?

But I realised that I’m thinking too far ahead, my inner warrior is pacing for battle, when what I need to do is focus on the here and now. So that’s what I’d suggest to anyone reading this – take life one day at a time. Sharpening your axe in preparation for a fight may feel productive, but it takes away from the many good things in the present moment.

Keeping with the theme of Vikings, I was looking at some Norse proverbs and quite liked these:

The unwise man is awake all night, and ponders everything over; when morning comes he is weary in mind, and all is a burden as ever.  

Poetic Edda

Not every cloud which darkens the day brings rain.

Heitharvega Saga, c.7

4 thoughts on “Anxiety warriors

  1. The Vikings must have had some sort of lighthouse-type situation going on, with a lighthouse keeper or guard to just sit there patiently and watched the sea do its thing. A time to fight, and a time to watch.

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  2. I find the ‘warrior’ concept one I can’t quite make my mind up about. I guess it depends what mood I’m in as to whether I like it or not. Some days I love the thought of being kickass, that we’re fighting our battles (be that chronic illness or anxiety) but other days, like today, I feel like I’m losing all the battles and I’ve got little fight left in me. I don’t know if I really see myself as ‘fighting’ anxiety either. It’s something I’ve come to live with, to learn to manage rather than fight because as you say, it’s damn exhausting! x

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    1. Yes I can’t always make my mind up about it either, I think it’s just a matter of picking your battles. I can relate to what you’ve said though, at times it feels empowering but then it’s tiring. I think acceptance is a good way of living with it, not easy though! x

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