Anxiety
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

It's OK To Not Be OK

Some positive thoughts to people who are struggling.

307
It's OK To Not Be OK
Jessica Tenenbaum

If I could pass on one piece of advice to the world, it would be that sometimes it's okay to be not okay. Sometimes being stressed or anxious or mad or upset is alright. And I promise you'll get through it. For me, hearing these words helped me through what seemed like some of the hardest moments in my life. I have what I describe as transitional anxiety. In other words, any form of change stresses me out. I'll do almost anything—and I am not really exaggerating, just about anything—to get out of a situation that I don't want to be in.

Like this one time I may or may not have jumped off a ride at Universal Studios after it started moving because I thought it was going to be a rollercoaster and that was not what I signed up for. But more seriously, transitional anxiety for me is about built-up anticipation of diving into the unknown.

I love my routines, and I thrive off being prepared. So, things like change and the unknown scare me more than anything and can make even the simplest of things seem like a nightmare. Like camp.

For a good portion of my life, I've been a camper and now counselor at an overnight camp. This is my happy place, my favorite place on Earth. Some of my best memories and friends come from camp. Despite this, every year, but starting a couple of nights before I leave for camp, all of a sudden, I can't eat, I can't sleep, talk of anything camp related makes me sick, and I have frequent panic attacks where I'm crying and begging my parents to let me stay home. Like most episodes of anxiety, I am fully aware of how ridiculous I'm being, and how I during the year I would give anything to be at camp, or how the second I step foot into camp I almost immediately feel at home. Regardless, there is something about the idea of change that makes my skin crawl.

After a couple of years of going through the same thing, I was getting frustrated with myself, I just didn't understand. It didn't make sense that I would become so set on not going to the place I love, and during some of my fits of anxiety, I felt it turn more to anger then stress. Until one day I was listening to a song and the lyrics said, "I believe that today it's ok to be not ok."

For whatever reason, these 10 words really resonated with me, and I felt it was giving me permission to be sad, it was giving me permission to experience all the irrational emotions I was feeling and be okay with it. It made what I felt as embarrassing kind of make sense at least to me. No one else had to understand it, but the important thing is that I did.

Having anxiety is never something to be embarrassed about, and a lot of times it might not make sense, but from this moment forward give yourself permission to cut yourself some slack, because it's okay to be not okay.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

73623
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

134588
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments