Telling me to "relax" isn’t really relaxing.
The following story, written by Renee Jain, was originally published on GoZen.
If you're my family or friend, I know the way I worry all the time can be frustrating and exhausting. I want you to know, I feel the same. One of the worst things about my worry is how hard it is for me to talk about in the moment. Or after the moment. Or, really, just ever. I don't like to feel different or broken. Nobody does. More than anything, I wish I didn't feel so anxious, but I also wish that others had a better understanding of what I felt. If you love me and want to help me, there are a some things I need you to know.