Anxiety disorders and attacks are no joke.
They can feel awfully intense and truly frightening. The experience is basically the sense of losing control, and none of us like to feel that.
If you’ve never experienced an anxiety attack, consider yourself lucky. Many social media stars have admitted to suffering from some form of depression or anxiety because of the pressures that they experience. For others who aren’t as much in the limelight, anxiety stems from many other factors; life in general can be very difficult.
Jessica Olie, an Instagram sensation who shows off her yoga lifestyle, has recently admitted to suffering from anxiety attacks. Olie says she “can’t pretend to be ok” any longer.
I always try to keep it as real as I can on here. I’m aware that my posts haven’t been “normal” or “uplifting” the last few months. They’ve been quite heavy and emotional. I cannot pretend to be ok or feel inspired because that’s not how I feel. I’ve made peace with the fact that maybe not everyone will like this version of me but maybe a few of you can relate to what I’m working through and know that you are not alone. We are not alone. Yesterday I didn’t leave my bed until 5pm. I didn’t open the curtains or check my emails. I didn’t change my clothes. My day was spent trying to breathe through anxiety attacks and quiet my mind that had found itself in a dark place. This is not me but it’s a part of me, a side of me that I’ve had to confront a lot over the last few months since my dad got diagnosed and every day, every hour, every minute is so different. This morning I set my alarm for 5am and forced myself to get out of bed to do the things that I would usually do. So I took my mat and flowed and cried as I watched the sunrise over the city, with the sound of the waves right next to me. I’m not sure I would have gotten out of bed again today if I hadn’t made the conscious choice that this is what my mind and my body needed. I’m learning to feel through the moments where I need to stay in bed all day and the moments where I need to pull myself out of it. Today is a better day. – J x | #LETSSTARTYOGA #aloyoga
Jessica says that although these anxiety attacks do not define her, it is a part of her. Her yoga lifestyle is a helpful distraction, doctors say exercise and deep breathing are some of the best ways to manage anxiety.
“I’m learning to feel through the moments where I need to stay in bed all day and the moments where I need to pull myself out of it.”
We’re sending our positive vibes out to Jessica!