My Musical Journey to Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is a disorder that doesn’t have a cure. Some people are lucky enough to be completely fixed with medications or therapy, but for most people it’s about managing the symptoms of anxiety rather than getting rid of it.

There are many ways I do this. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m on high doses of multiple different medications. I attend therapy religiously once a week. But, it’s still not enough.

I used to get super upset with that not being enough. Am I abnormal? Am I broken? The answer is No.

Anxiety is such a multifaceted disease, and it can sneak up on you at any time, under any circumstance.

One thing that really helps me manage my symptoms is playing the guitar. It challenges my brain to use itself in a new way, which distracts me from the anxious thoughts and emotions I feel.

It also gives me something to physically do with my hands that I have to coordinate with thought. Playing an instrument forces your brain to use multiple neuronal pathways, ultimately taking your mind away from anxious thoughts and feelings.

I just thought I would share this with you guys. Try it out! See if you like it 🙂 let me know what you think in the comments!

Love always,

Tay

Getting Real About Anxiety

I have anxiety. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety is THE MOST common mental health disorder in the US. Here are a couple facts I pulled from their website. 

  • 18.1% of the population is affected by anxiety disorder.
  • Only 36.9% of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a COMPLEX set of risk factors including GENETICS, LIFE EVENTS, and BRAIN CHEMISTRY. 

Why do I put these stats up? To tell you guys two things. 

  1. You’re not alone, even when you think you are. The public has stigmatized anxiety in such a negative way. You may think that you “just worry a lot” or “you feel anxious but for no reason” but the truth is… you’re not really that special (no offense!)
  2. You are not broken. Anxiety, just like any other illness, is due to an imbalance of chemicals within our brains and bodies. Certain life events make trigger this imbalance, or maybe we are more genetically prone to developing anxiety. However, it is an illness that can be fixed, or at least managed. 

So. I have anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, and PTSD. That is quite the mixed bag of emotions. I used to be ashamed to talk about it, but then I realized that if we keep stigmatizing mental illnesses, that number of people not seeking help is just going to increase and increase. 

People who have diabetes manage their disease, and we can manage ours as well.  I hope they  you realize that you’re not alone, and I am honestly always here to talk. 

My email is taylornsirset@gmail.com and my inbox is always open. 

Have a nice Friday, 

Tay