Globally, one in thirteen people suffers from anxiety.
On average, only 37% seek treatment.
Those statistics left me dumbfounded until I delved deeper into the experiences I had surrounding my struggles with stress and anxiety. As I began to pick apart my memories, I realized that my struggles came in stages.
Stage 1. Complete Lack of Awareness
This stage still fascinates me.
I always believed being high-strung was my reset. It didn’t matter what I did, I was always on the go and running a million miles an hour. It was just a part of my personality. Hell, I was proud of it! Adrenaline was my fuel. As a Type A professional, this is very common.
I have met a lot of driven, determined, focused individuals who have this state of mind. When you’re productive, hitting goals and not having an issue, why would you slow down? None of us seemed aware, nor did we care to give it a second thought. This led to the next stage.
Stage 2. Denial
This stage was the hardest.
After a few years of being the energizer bunny, cracks began to show. My health plummeted. My face became a landmine of cold sores and I was constantly having issues with my stomach.