Overcoming Festival Anxiety

Mental health has recently become an extremely popular topic among industry leaders around the world.  Although this trending issue is brought up more frequently in everyday discussions, not much is being done to alleviate the ongoing battle of anxiety in every day life. 

As someone who has suffered with depression and anxiety throughout my life, I know all too well how difficult and impossible following one's dreams can seem. Specifically focusing on anxiety, the threat of this fear comes in many forms. I mostly deal with Generalized Anxiety and Social Anxiety, both of which can be a real pain in the butt when trying to network or just going out to have fun.

When anxiety hits, you may question yourself thinking things like: “Am I annoying them?” or “Are they talking about me?” or even “What if they don’t like me?” Eventually giving in to these thoughts can be overwhelming and intimidating crippling your overall festival experience. I am here to tell you that this does not have to be the case!

Your anxiety does not run you. Your anxiety does not define you.

Would you tell someone to stop chasing their dreams because of a minor inconvenience or would you tell someone that overcoming adversity is part of the adventure?

Here are some good things to help you overcome your anxiety not just in the festival world but in real life:

1) You are not your anxiety.

Yeah, your anxiety is a part of you. Yes, it can sometimes get the best of you. However, it does not define your entirety or even a majority of it. You are so much more than your anxiety and before anyone else will see that, you have to believe it yourself. It’s hard, I know—but it’s there and it’s a fulfilling process.

2) Everyone is not against you.

A good friend once told me, "Your mind can be a tricky, manipulative thing and try to persuade you to think things are one way when really, they are not like that at all. Believe in yourself, take a risk and most of all don't be afraid to be yourself. You'd be surprised how many people are open to getting to know the real you, despite the anxiety that causes self doubt. "

3) We are all just people.

When you take a step back and think about it, we are all just people. Yeah, some people have more money and others more confidence, but at the end of the day we all still have a fire inside pushing us to follow our dreams. Don’t let one person’s success stop you from achieving your own. Adversity is part of the journey, embrace the challenges and lessons they bring.

Stay Strong. Follow Your Dreams. Muhfuggin SLAY.