Dear Self,

It’s time for an honest talk, so I thought I should write you a letter. I’m proud of you. I’m proud that you’ve gotten out of bed even when you’re feeling mentally drained. I know sometimes the brain fog is a little much to deal with, but you always manage to push through. You will always be stronger than your anxiety and any negative thoughts you may have.

If you feel low today, that’s okay. You don’t have to feel your best all the time. You’re without doubt allowed to have a bad day, a bad week, or month. Of course, it doesn’t make you weak or a failure. It means you’re tired. Your mood is not an indicator of your worth.

Look on the Bright Side

In the meantime, focus on the people you care about and the good times you have yet to experience. Make a list of the things you appreciate. Practice meditation and yoga often. Treat yourself to flowers just because you deserve it. Consistently write a letter to your loved ones or yourself. Don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Granted, you should realize that it exists but don’t let it consume you.

Anxiety won’t kill you. It might make you feel like it will, but you’re stronger than that. You are creative, smart, and wonderful. Use these amazing qualities to your benefit. Indulge in new hobbies and projects and allow your mind to expand. Consider becoming a better writer, artist, dancer, or florist. Don’t stress about figuring it all out at this very moment. In fact, you don’t have to. Your life certainly shouldn’t be rushed, it should be enjoyed.

Be In the Moment

Remind yourself to take frequent breaks. Doing way too much, way too quickly is a surefire way to overwhelm yourself. On the contrary, you’ll find that you’re more productive if you stop for a minute and breathe. Write yourself a letter. Practice mindfulness. Name a few objects in the room and describe them to yourself. What color and shape are they? How do they feel? The point is to be in the moment.

No matter what, remember that you have a purpose here. You have your whole life ahead of you and people that love and care about you. Your friends will always be there through thick and thin. You are loved. And while anxiety will probably never be gone for good, practicing a little bit of self-love will usually help you fight it. You are stronger than your anxiety. You are resilient. Your mental setbacks do not define you. It is totally okay that you are not okay right now. You will be again soon.

Remember to be kind to yourself throughout the process.

With lots of love,