Ottawa-based writer, mental health advocate and outdoors enthusiast Follow her @dailyinsanityblog
Anna is an Ottawa-based writer and recent graduate from McGill University holding a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Psychology and Sociology. She is passionate about mental health advocacy after being diagnosed with clinical depression, generalized anxiety and orthorexia at the age of 20. She is an avid supporter of self-care and getting outside.
Anxiety is constant, it doesn't just go away. Sometimes it may be heightened... making it essential to learning self-regulation of my thoughts. This involves acknowledging my triggers, knowing what scenarios or environments may cause my anxiety or panic to heighten.
The first person I told asked me, "What does that even mean, to have a mental illness?" I struggled to explain how I felt. That was three years ago. Today, I think I have a better grasp on what it means to live with a mental illness. So now I'll finally try to answer that question.