As I’ve written many times over the years, I have lived with anxiety disorder since I was really young. Though I’ve learned to manage the symptoms, it can still be overwhelming at times – especially as parts of it worsened after I became so ill in the past few years.
It can also be difficult to explain – and feel a bit isolating – in the sense that it is such an odd and intensely personal and – at times – lonely experience.
Well, enter the absolutely magical Florence Welch.
(My car is called Florence because she is also red and fabulous. 😉 )
Florence writes so beautifully and I love her honesty about her own struggles with mental health issues, sobriety, eating disorders, anxiety. . .
By accident, I stumbled across Florence’s video for “Free,” one of her newer songs about her anxiety disorder.
Seeing the video, with her and the wonderful Bill Nighy – of Love Actually and Pirate Radio to name a few – I was SO taken by it.
In it, he is the personification of her anxiety disorder and the hold it has over her – and just. . . wow.
I loved it so much that I had to share it here.
If you don’t have anxiety disorder, I hope this helps give you a bit more understanding of your anxious loved ones.
If you do – I’m sorry – and I hope you feel a bit more seen and understood. ❤
Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Grace and Blessings.
As always, if you are struggling, there are many resources on the resources tab of the blog – or, if you are in crisis, please ALWAYS call 911.