We all have days where we are feeling down, stressed or anxious. The problem is knowing when its not ‘normal’ anymore- the other problem is that when you notice its not normal its already a problem…
This week you get an extra post from me- I have started back at work, and my anxious brain is in overdrive. Why? I am not too sure- there is obviously something worrying me, but it’s buried somewhere I can’t get to at the moment. So I thought I would sit and have a bit of a write, which always seems to calm me and my thoughts.
Anxiety ebbs and flows. One week you can feel super chilled, and the next feel on the edge all of the time. This week I am on the edge.
Have you ever had a panic attack? Maybe you have seen someone having one?
For those who haven’t had a panic attack- be glad. They are weird things.
This week I had a conference to go to in London. As a PhD student conferences are pretty common, but dealing with anxiety can make them less enjoyable than they should be, and more challenging than expected!
For the past 9 weeks I have been attending a CBT course run by the wellbeing service. This has been unbelievably beneficial to me- Not only do I now have a fab support network from my group, but I have also learned new ways to cope with anxiety and stress.
Anxiety sucks ass.
I am now 1 month into my new years resolution: “to improve my mental health“. A key part of this will be for me is to find some ways to help me reduce my anxiety levels. To do this, I am going to try and follow a few basic rules:
There is something lurking in the background of many labs. Anxiety, stress, depression… many people, like me, working in science suffer from mental health issues. When you start talking about it, it’s amazing how many will ‘admit’ to having some form of mental illness too. But, that’s the thing. We shouldn’t have to feel like we are admitting it. There is nothing to be ashamed of. And more than that, we shouldn’t be afraid to discuss it more openly in science.