Breaking up with my Anxiety

It’s crazy to be writing this down, but I’ll be arriving in Barcelona exactly one week from today! The only problem? My emotions have been a little all over the place in preparation for the trip. I keep going back and forth between excitement and nervousness as I get ready to embark on my first trip abroad. I’m really excited to visit the city and I know the work I’ll be doing while I’m there is going to give me valuable professional experience.

However, it can be hard to get rid of the anxious feeling I have in anticipation of this trip and all of the tasks I have to finish up ahead of time. I have a few different ways that I try to deal with those feelings. Sometimes running in the gym or working out helps me release that stress. Other times it’s calming to watch one of my favorite shows, “The Great British Baking Show,” for a few hours. But the other night, I did something that I’ve only done a handful of times to relieve my stressed-out brain.

I danced it out Grey’s Anatomy style.

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I was dancing to George Michael’s “Faith” and when I was listening to the lyrics I kind of felt like it was a great analogy for breaking up with my anxiety. Right now you’re probably going, huh? But read these lyrics and hear me out.

Oh but I
Need some time off from that emotion
Time to pick my heart up off the floor
Oh when that love comes down
Without devotion
Well it takes a strong man, baby
But I’m showing you the door

Now, obviously I’m no music expert and I definitely did no prior research to the meaning of this song, but here’s my interpretation of the lyrics as if you were breaking up with your good old friend Anxiety. You need to take some time off from each other because that loser tore you up and threw your heart on the floor (how rude). It’s definitely not devoted to you because it comes and goes as it pleases, a lot of times with no warning. But, you’re strong and you’re showing it the door.

I won’t break down every stanza of this jam, but I thought it was pretty fun to look at the song that way and dance out my anxiety at the same time. It was a great stress reliever, something I’ll probably use more often, but it by no means will get rid of my anxiety forever. I mentioned a few other ways to cope with anxiety in a previous post so check those out too if you’re in a mid-semester slump or preparing for a big event or trip like me.

None of us are perfect and that’s okay, but sometimes we need to be reminded that even if it’s just three minutes of dancing, there are things we can do to take care of ourselves.

Well, my next post will probably include news from my travels abroad, so stay tuned and I’ll do my best to keep you all updated as I go.

As always, thanks for reading!

P.S. You’ve probably noticed that my blog layout and colors have changed a bit, I was tired of the pink and black and think the purple suits it a bit better. But I would love some feedback from you on the new theme, so leave a comment if you like!

 

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