Pro Tem is the Bilingual Newspaper of Glendon College. Founded in 1962, it is York University’s oldest student-run publication, and Ontario’s first bilingual newspaper. All content is produced and edited by students, for students.

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Pro Tem est le journal bilingue du Collège Glendon. Ayant été fondé en 1962, nous sommes la publication la plus ancienne de l’Université York ainsi que le premier journal bilingue en Ontario. Tout le contenu est produit et édité par les étudiants, pour les étudiants.

Thoughts from One Anxious Person to Another

Thoughts from One Anxious Person to Another

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I will not pretend to know what your anxiety is like. I will not pretend to be some know-it-all on the subject of mental health. I will not pretend to tell you what you need to do to defeat anxiety. I can never tell you what to do.

        All I can do is understand.

        I can understand that all anxiety is different. Everyone worries about different things and their worry manifests in different ways. Some would call it a phase, some might call it an illness, and some even refer to it as a gift. But what would I call ‘anxiety?’

MY anxiety.

Me.

Someone who suffers from multiple anxiety disorders. Someone who has lived a privileged life; only to realize that past situations have altered my state of being. My past situations have given me the gift society calls ‘anxiety’.

I have been given the fear of being afraid.

        I would call it hard. I would call it challenging. Painful. Breathtaking... I would even call it ‘beautiful.’  Why you ask?

        Because I care. I care so much that my lungs need help working. I care so much that the buzzing in my chest makes my body feel light - like I am floating. I feel so much that my stomach forgets to remind me to eat.

Because I feel. I feel like screaming but my lungs can’t hold enough air. I feel like crying but my body can’t hold enough tears. I feel the things some people wish they could feel.

        I feel alive.

I feel like I’m dying.

        These feelings are different from anyone else’s. My feelings do not dictate the symptoms of someone else’s struggles. Whatever your struggles are, I can sympathize. I can understand. It’s not easy to feel so much. To think too much. It’s not easy just ‘to be.’

        One thing I can tell you is how proud you should be of yourself. You keep going. Through the pain; through the mess of thoughts; through this thing we call ‘life.’

        You are enough. And all you have to do is breathe.

Breathe.

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Starting School Stress-Free: Counteracting Procrastination with Time Management Methods

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