Everyday Lifestyle, Poetry

Listen When You Need It Most …

Anxiety, stress, depression or grief sometimes would have you believe that the weight of what you are holding is too much to carry, that you will break if you dare to begin to release what sits so heavy on your soul.

Don’t listen to it. Don’t let yourself question your own strength when things get really hard to deal with, but also don’t let it keep you silent when you need help the most. Those around you are ready with broad shoulders, love and a reminder of all that’s good and worthy — all that is uniquely you.

I wrote this poem as I face my own battle with anxiety that has me gripped by the throat. Seeing someone you love so deeply go through a battle with late-stage cancer is relentlessly cruel. Sometimes it’s hard to see beyond that cruelty and remember that joy and kindness are always present. I then realized that so many of us must feel like this, for many different reasons, so whatever it is that you’re going through, I wrote this for you.

Further Support:

NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice

CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support

How To Cope With Anxiety – Healthline

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33 thoughts on “Listen When You Need It Most …”

  1. This was really exceptionally beautiful and made me feel a little more safe, anxiety’s been getting the better of me lately, it’s nice to remember I’m not alone in those feelings

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this heart felt post ♥️ I have struggled with anxiety since the age of 11 and it is no easy task. But when I started being open about my flaws and accepting the love and help from others, I began to heal and find healthy coping mechanisms. Sending you lots of love!

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  3. I am so glad you shared your experiences with anxiety- that takes bravery and it is amazing you are being vocal about it – we need to break the stigma. I am sure others struggling with anxiety will find it comforting. I love the poem you have written – it is very calming.

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  4. I understand you completely. I struggle with anxiety often, especially since my mom died. Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful poem 💜💛💜💛💜💛

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  5. Very raw, honest, and beautiful. I can relate so closely, as can anyone who has been through this. Thank you for your openess.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this. Writing it’s always a good outlet, it does help you a lot to process what you are feeling and transform it into something different and sometimes better. Keep going!

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  7. I love your poem. It’s so important to talk about depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses to break the stereotypes.

    All the best from South Africa, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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