Adrian Munro, CEO of Richmond Wellbeing is one of The Brekky Show’s brand new guests! Over the next few weeks he’s going to be addressing the growing epidemic of anxiety and mental health stigmas.
So, what is anxiety? What isn’t? When should you talk to someone about it?
Anxiety is normal in everyday life. If you’ve got a big exam tomorrow or a cricket game that afternoon and you’re a little anxious in the hope that it goes well, that’s normal. When you’re anxiety is over the top and disproportionate to the situation is when you need support. So if you’re sitting at the table and you can’t eat your breakfast and you’re overwhelmed with these sorts of feelings, and your wife might say “what’s wrong?” and you say “I’m just anxious about today, I think today is going to go poorly” but can’t quite nail it down to one particular situation, that’s when you should start looking for help. That’s when it could start to impact your health.
Schools have chaplains, universities have welfare, most employers have employee assistance programs, but start with talking to your friends and family. You’ll be blown away by how common these types of feelings are. So a problem shared is a problem halved. When you start openly talking about a problem like this, it can help you realise whether or not you’ve built it up unnecessarily. Or, do I need to go see a GP or a counsellor.
So many people think that they are the only people in the world suffering like this. If you think “If I tell someone about this, they’re going to think I’m crazy…” You’re not alone, that’s not true. There are many more people going through it than you think. Most of the time, if you’re suffering from this, your close friends and family will have noticed something isn’t quite right and they’ll already be looking for opportunities to support you. People want to support their friends and families.
Remember that! Lies slip into our thoughts like “no one wants to help me, I’ll just be a burden or they’ll think I’m just being dramatic.”
You. are. not. alone. These are not true. There are people who want to support you.