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.
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