Girls Are Real. Anxiety Is Real. Depression is Real.
Anxiety and depression act like two twisted sisters. One usually accompanies the other. According to the ADDA.org (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults, ages 18 and older.
To be a woman at this day and age, anxiety is almost a given. Social media is 24/7 making us all feel a little bit inadequate. Estee Lalonde's recent YouTube vlog "Anxiety Diary - How I Recenter Myself" shows that it's more than likely every woman goes through it. By "it" I am referring to the mean reds.
"The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of.
- Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Watching videos, especially girls you admire the heck out of, makes it so important to realize that we are all in this together. Living a fabulous Instagram life, does not ever equate real life. Estee exposing herself at a fragile moment, doesn't show her as weak, but courageous and honest. It made me feel less alone and confirmed that a good messy cry can solve a mean reds kind of day. They sure can creep up on you. You don't ever want to get to the point of not being able to breathe when you're drowning in shit. (That's a line from "The Glass Castle")
You cry, you feel the mean reds, you pick yourself up the best way you can and get on with it. Sometimes you can’t have that wondrous sigh of relief without a little breakdown.