As I’m sitting here writing this post (on Sunday night), I want to feel as bubbly as I felt when taking these photos last week. I want to write about how much I love this suede shirt (so much that I had planned to dedicate this entire post to it) and my new coated jeans from Tuckernuck (so chic, size down), but I’m going through a rough few days and thought I’d share an update on that instead.
Over the last few months I’ve been working really hard to identify my anxiety triggers and use coping mechanisms to combat them. And it’s been going really well. I’ve learned tricks and created systems that have changed the way I live my life in a powerful and positive way.
But here’s the thing with anxiety… It’s always going to be a part of my life. There are good weeks and bad weeks. Good days and bad days. Sometimes the tougher times are because of a stressful life event, but sometimes it’s seemingly for no reason at all. It’s going to happen, but through the work I’ve been doing in therapy, it happens less often and I can usually manage it pretty well.
Last week, though, it kind of took over and I couldn’t seem to shake it. But that’s ok because I know that I’m coming out of it now and I’ll learn something from it. I went to a meditation class years ago where the teacher said something that really stuck with me: There is a beginning, a middle, and an end to everything and to every emotion. That lesson often pops into my head during difficult or painful times in life (aka when I was in labor with Amalia) and it’s a comforting reminder.
In sharing my current state of mind today, I hope it’s a reminder to you all to not compare yourself to someone else’s Instagram feed or life on the internet. Everyone is fighting their own battles whether big, small, or somewhere in between. Even the people that seem like they have it all figured out!
And on that note, here’s to an anxiety free, happy, and productive week to us all. I’m signing off to take a bath and unplug to set myself up for a successful Monday. xx
Photos by Julia Dags. Thank you to Tuckernuck for gifting me some items in this outfit. I love them!