Over 2 million people in any one year in Australia suffer from anxiety, according to beyondblue… and that’s only the people that are opening up about it and seeking a diagnosis, many, many more are struggling without support. At the recent Nurturing Your Health presentation: Anxiousness & Overwhelm – when the group started talking about what anxiety is there didn’t appear to be a person in the packed room who couldn’t relate to feeling the effect of anxiety in their lives. Yes, this disease is insidious containing many subtle layers and there are very few people that escape it amongst the fast pace of modern society.
What was revealed as the women shared their stories was that it doesn’t just affect our mental health but like wise very much our physical health, our work, and our relationships – in effect, everything. What unfolded over the morning was a ‘we’re going there’, ‘let’s have this’ discussion, lead by three women who have much to share on the topic from their own lived experience and dedication with working with it.
Katie Walls, Donna Gianniotis and Alison Pearson had some exceptionally clarifying insights to share with the group, inspiring everyone to reveal and expose some of the habits, behaviours and beliefs we are using to fuel the level of anxiousness and overwhelm we experience in our every day.
Here are some of the highlights of the morning…