Dating,  Mental Health

“Love” with Anxiety.

Hellooooo everyone another mental health post, oh me. 

I’m surrounded by love and support there’s absolutely no denying that. I have more friends than I could ever dream of, I’ve always been lucky to find friends in different places. I have my life long friends, my work friends, my friends from uni, my online friends that I’ve met through bands and my international friends (Erin, that’s you). I have so much love to shower me in.

I have a big loving family and a bloody lovely boyfriend. I love to love.

The hardest thing with suffering from anxiety and depression is to know that you’re upsetting those who love you so much and those you love so much too. It’s hard. It’s hard to try to listen to them and take that as what is real and not the demons in your head, they love you after all they want to keep you safe – the things in your head want to make you feel unsafe for as long as possible. Logically, who should be listened to? 

The past 7 months I’ve been lucky to meet an amazing boy. I’ve touched on him before and how he came into my life at a point I wasn’t expecting to love again. At that time I felt so unloved, so hurt and so alone, I didn’t think I would experience love and care from someone again, especially so soon.

He saved me and that’s putting it bluntly and he’s trying his best to save me again. I didn’t grieve properly at the time for my loss of a relationship and my grandad, I’ve put all of this ‘mental breakdown’ down to my lack of grief and it’s presented itself in a fucking shitty way. But we all grieve differently! 

Now, it’s so hard to fall in love when you’re fighting your own head. You end up fighting the person who loves you for trying their best to help. He will spend hours on end reassuring me I’m okay when we’re meant to be enjoying ourselves watching a film or going for a walk, you know the usual. He will try so hard and he will get angry and upset that I’m not changing. That’s so hard but I never resent him for it, he’s fighting for me too. 

I want to change for him, I see a future with him I’ve never seen with anyone else. A REAL future. He’s mature, he has his head screwed on. He does things no one has ever done for me before.

He sat me down one evening and gave me a pen and some paper and said “write down your 5 year plan, what do you want in the next 5 years?” – I wrote the usual; in 1 year I want to feel happy and be driving. In 2 years I want to be engaged and be moving into my own home, in 3/4 I want to get married and in 5 I want to have a baby. He looked at the timeline and said “so shannon, where does all this bad stuff fit in? I never said don’t write any negative things down. The brain tumours you’re scared of don’t fit in this timeline do they?” MIND BLOWN. He’s amazing. 

He’d thought of that all just to help me see the reality of my anxieties. What fucking gift from the Gods does that?! HE DOES.

It’s a tough journey but he’s sticking by me, he hasn’t given up through all of the tears and panics, he’s trying to make me stronger and I can’t thank him enough. 

To be in love is amazing, to be in love with someone who wants to help you become a better person, that’s just indescribable.

I love you Dan.

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