10 Things About Anxiety Explained By 'The Good Place'

10 Things About Anxiety Explained By 'The Good Place'

"Janet, could you see what's wrong?" "Everything."
Aly Cook
Aly Cook

Everyone has their daily anxieties but for some of us, it's much more. Especially as college students and beyond, we have a lot of little, and big, things that can eat away at us. "The Good Place", a show that airs on NBC, is a good way to visualize your anxieties and fears so you can conquer them.

It's also a great way to take your mind off of your anxieties for 30 minutes at a time. Just remember, you're not a failure, you're just pre-successful. Here are a few ways I relate my anxiety to 'The Good Place.'

1. When it feels like your anxiety just won't let you live.

A big realization that I have had when I began to get help is that my anxiety is not my personality, it's an affliction that alters my mood and my perception of my life. When I began to worry and panic, that wasn't me, it's my anxiety. My feelings of hopelessness were just part of my disease. Anxiety can sometimes make you feel like you're cursed to never enjoy your life.

2. When no one understands, and you just want to be left alone.

When I realized I had anxiety, and again when I began to seek treatment there were a lot of people who didn't understand what was going on with me.

My job became ten times harder when I was having anxiety and a lot of people don't understand when I have to pull back. There are days when getting out of bed is the hardest thing I'll do that day. Having to interact with people is draining, and it's only made harder when the people closest to you don't understand why you have to cancel plans, or can't stay focused in conversation.

3. When you're finally able to vocalize how your anxiety makes you feel.

Seeing a counselor for my anxiety is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Not only did they believe all of the things that I was voicing, but they had an explanation for them. There was finally validation of my anxiety! Even better, once I could be truthful about having anxiety we were able to tackle my problems and overcome them.

4. When you start to use coping mechanisms.

Now that you have a counselor, they're going to make a bunch of suggestions to handle your anxiety on the daily. For some people, it's taking those negative thoughts and transforming them into energy. Exercise is a great way to clear your head and to produce endorphins that can level out your mood. Who can have existential crises when they're busy trying to not fall off a treadmill?

5. When you inevitably have a day you aren't sure how you'll survive.

Don't get it twisted, seeking help wasn't the end all of my anxiety. I still live with it every day. I still struggle with speaking out during classes or even just being a functioning human. Even when you're getting treatment, those attacks can still sneak up on you and hit you hard. You're going to have slip ups and bad days, but its all part of treatment. If you can get through this, you can get through anything.

6. When you find someone who is going through the same thing as you.

Having a support system is essential. My friends quickly became my support system and I know they are always there to hear me out when my mind won't stop running. 1 in 4 adults will suffer from an anxiety in their life, so finding someone who understands actually as hard as I thought. Chances are one of your closest friends is going through the same troubles as you.

7. When you feel like something's off, but you can't figure out what it is.

Usually, it's actually nothing at all. But those little thoughts and fears fester easily and can turn into full-blown panic attacks. From as small as "I think I forgot to lock my door, even though I remember to lock it every day," to "If I don't get that job, I don't know how I'm going to live." Being a young adult is already tumultuous, but anxiety just makes it worse. Things that might not bother someone else keeps you up at night. Just remember, it's probably nothing. If you can't change it, then it's not worth your worry.

8. When striving for perfection becomes too much.

A lot of my anxieties are caused by wanting to do everything at the best caliber as possible. I want to get straight A's while also working and participating in extracurriculars. When we overload ourselves we set ourselves up for failure, which triggers anxiety. Perfection isn't possible, and comparison kills. Just ask Tahani. Remember that not getting an A in every class or having to quit groups you don't have time for is totally okay. Saying no for your mental health is better than spreading yourself too thin and failing.

9. When you remember that, hey, it just might not be that serious.

Practicing mindfulness can save you when it comes to circling thoughts. Getting control of your thoughts is the first way to get a control over your anxieties. Take some deep breaths and ask yourself a few questions. Is what is bothering you feasible or reasonable? Is it within the realm of possibility? Can you control it? If the answer to these questions is no, it's not worth the time spent worrying. I know that sounds easier than it actually it is, but with practice, you can try to get control of those anxiety-inducing thoughts.

10. When you make it through another day and finally get to escape to your bed.

Living your life with anxiety makes your day a little bit harder. Simple things to others might be the hardest task to you. Just know that every day you make it through is an accomplishment, and don't let the bad days ruin the good. Every day is a new opportunity, so get to bed. You deserve it.

Cover Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC| 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
Cover Image Credit: Laura Warshauer

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