1) anxiety, stress and depression are NOT signs of weakness. It doesn't mean a person can't cope or handle things. It definitely doesn't mean a person should be embarrassed. And in no way is it a handicap.
2) you are not alone. I spent years believing I was the only person in the world experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. It wasn't until I became vocal about it- Sharing my story with anyone interested enough in listening - that I began to feel really connected to people. Students in my workshops and classes were currently dealing with what I had gone through. The knowing smiles I'd see when I described how I felt during panic attacks and the nods from people when I explained my triggers were powerful connectors for me and gave me even more desire to share my work and yoga with others.
Let's commit to sharing this powerful info during Mental Health Awareness week.