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livelaughlover

575d

i just recently got diagnosed with anxiety. i am also a cross country runner and it has been affecting my performance. it is taking a toll on me and i haven’t been eating. there is also a lot of drama at my school rn. can anyone else relate or maybe give some advice.

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    • Zoey_Val

      561d

      I’m 23 now but I used to run cross country in middle and HS and my anxiety got so bad while in high school I actually stopped going to practice my senior year bc of the 6am summer runs lol. My advice would be to do what you can to manage the stress and anxiety such as seeing a therapist, avoiding drama as much as possible at school. You are not a disappointment btw and my run times slowed down a ton after puberty, mental illness, school etc but just doing what you can and trying to enjoy it as much as possible could help especially if you have good teammates!

    • Zoey_Val

      561d

      I’m 23 now but I used to run cross country in middle and HS and my anxiety got so bad while in high school I actually stopped going to practice my senior year bc of the 6am summer runs lol. My advice would be to do what you can to manage the stress and anxiety such as seeing a therapist, avoiding drama as much as possible at school. You are not a disappointment btw and my run times slowed down a ton after puberty, mental illness, school etc but just doing what you can and trying to enjoy it as much as possible could help especially if you have good teammates!

    • spoonie1234

      574d

      yo! as someone that's had anxiety my whole life and been diagnosed since 2018 i get it. for me what hyped was: 1. developing strategies for calling myself down during panic attacks (especially square breathing and meditation/grounding techniques); 2. having a talk-therapy practicing therapist in high school to talk about all my worries related to school stuff/social drama (which def helped me rationalize some of my anxious social thoughts); 3. not talking to/being as close with people in my life that had constant drama that was making me anxious (where possible), and/or gently explaining to them that i didn't have the mental space to deal with (insert drama topic) rn; 4. and much, much later getting on medication, specifically prozac, (which was more for my depression but helped my anxiety and OCD too)! i'm also an athlete so i get it. if you have any questions/want details feel free to dm me!

    • lulu.123

      574d

      The only thing I can say is that it takes time and it gets better 💕 there are going to be times when you fall and feel like dog shit, but you'll learn that it's okay to "fail" and that you don't need to be afraid. It's defined a process though. After two years of being on meds and a bit of therapy I can definitely say it gets a lot better, even if it still sucks. Hope this helps 🤗shoot me a chat if you ever want to talk

    • Alicia4475

      574d

      Anxiety and depression affects every aspect of my life...I couldn't imagine being an athlete with it. The shortness of breath and fatigue, and increased HR would kill my performance. Sorry your going through this...your not alone

      • livelaughlover

        574d

        @Alicia4475 thank you so much!! and yes the shortness of breath and fatigue causes me to have attacks mid race. it’s really upsetting too because i have always been a really great runner and ever since my anxiety has gotten worse i’ve been spiraling down. i feel like i’m disappointing everyone including myself. not a lot of people know about my diagnosis either so it is very hard to explain without coming out and saying it

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