If you're someone who suffers from anxiety, even the littlest things like going to the store or heading out for a walk in the neighborhood can be daunting. That's because for some people, anxiety is always there. Popular blogger Tiffany Jenkins, who pens the blog Juggling the Jenkins, recently posted a video that shows just what it's like to be a parent who suffers from anxiety, and people can definitely relate.
Jenkins video, aptly titled Me Vs Anxiety, shows how the Florida wife and mother of three deals with her anxiety on a daily basis, from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed. The video takes a funny and lighthearted look at anxiety because sometimes you just have to laugh at something that can be so devastating to many.
In the video Jenkins is confronted by anxiety, played by a somewhat Goth version of Jenkins, who plants doubts and fears in her mind about everything from her to-do list for the day to whether she should let her child have a sleepover to whether other people are judging her over her choice of pants. Sound familiar? It will if you suffer from anxiety.
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"Anxiety sucks, man. It's a battle that only those who have experienced it understand. You are not alone, and it's okay to ask for help," the blogger wrote on her YouTube channel about her now viral video.
The mom of three told Washington's ABC7 that after her first video, one she filmed about using an eyebrow stamp, went viral, she knew she had the opportunity to share her story and help other people.
"Then I realized I had a platform. I thought man, I should use this for some good. So that’s when I started talking about addiction and depression and anxiety and my past," she said.
Her current video is the second in a series of videos (part one was released earlier this year) where Jenkins discusses anxiety and what it's like to be constantly living with it. Her video shows how her anxiety follows her everywhere and constantly plants seeds of doubt and fear in her mind, to the point where it actually can affect her daily routines. Clearly her words have resonated with her followers, as more than 23 thousands people have left comments on her post, sharing their own stories about how they are affected by anxiety.
Jenkins video, which has been shared on Facebook more than 180,000 times, lets other parents who are suffering from the same sorts of anxiety know they're not alone, and there's no shame in getting help.