28 Instagram Posts About Anxiety That Will Make You Feel Less Alone

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If you catch me smiling goofily at my phone, chances are I’m looking at a web cartoon. It’s one of my favourite things about Instagram!

There are some incredibly talented creators out there who can get us all thinking “OMG ME TOO!” It’s such a wonderful feeling to relate to something that is touching and hilarious at the same time.

Art and humour are two brilliant ways to express our mental health journeys and make us feel a little less alone.

How do you get creative about expressing your mental health? Leave me a comment, I would love to know more!

Without further ado…here are 20 web cartoons about anxiety I came across recently that I absolutely LOVED and genuinely cracked up.

I hope they will add some joy and light to your day!

Gemma Correll

Gemma understands the mental chaos of anxiety…and does a phenomenal job illustrating it!

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☎️ #ihatephonecalls #comics

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💭💭💭 #sketchbook #comics

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☕️ #comics

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Christine Rai

Almost every post by Christine Rai has me wondering “who drew me?”

Her art is endearing and so very relatable

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✋🏽😌🤚🏽

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feelin a lil spooky rn

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WHO KNEW. HOW COULD WE HAVE KNOWN. 🤔

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Sarah Anderson

Sarah’s comics have made me LOL on the silent zone of a packed evening commuter train

Nick Seluk

Nick uses the most loveable cast of characters to explain the mysteries of the human body and mind

Crazyheadcomics

Matilda’s depiction of mindfulness is such an accurate representation of how many of us feel LOL!

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i have tired a lot of mindfulness exercises throughout the years, but it’s SO HARD to reach that mystical “mindfulness”. between my ADD, my anxiety, and racing thoughts brought by bipolar disorder, it’s hard to quiet the mind. the point of mindfulness, from my understanding, is to sit in the present moment, free from distractions, and be aware and accepting of your current feelings without judgement. that is challenging for several reasons. i am quite dependent on distractions, because being left alone to my thoughts lead me into a negative spiral of catastrophic thinking. if i’m alone, i always have headphones, playing a podcast or a YouTube video so i don’t have to face my own thoughts. distractions has become a crutch, so it’s difficult to get out of that mindset and set aside any distractions. it’s also really difficult to be present, my mind wanders into the past; obsessing over past mistakes and trauma, and into the future, worrying about what might be. mindfulness is a mind field i haven’t cracked yet. there are a lot of benefits that come with mindfulness and mediation, so i would love to become better at it. do any of you have any tips on how to easy a busy mind into a calmer state ? or do you struggle with the concept all together, like me ? • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorder #bulimia #anorexia #arfid #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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i have a solidified anxiety-routine, and it goes like this. my generalized anxiety disorder is an excellent masquerader. i have been anxious for as long as i can remember, even as a child i was in my own head constantly. i get these spurts of anxiety, they come from nowhere and feel so very urgent, like alarm bells sounding in my ears and bees buzzing in my chest. the source is often nowhere to be found. it makes me go through a recurring train of thought, where i map out my day and look for what’s making me anxious. “is it the coffee – did i forget something – am i repressing something that’s now bubbling back up – am i sick – am i 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 sick ?” and after twenty minutes of having an existential crisis i remember the fact that i have an anxiety disorder. it sounds silly that i’d momentarily just forget about my own diagnosis, but it’s never my first guess as to why i’m anxious. it just feels like there needs to be an external cause for anxiety, because that’s logical and what people tell you. i always had people tell me “it’s normal to be anxious before a test/presentation/job interview”. but nobody told me that there’s an illness that can make you anxious for no reason. i had to figure that one out in therapy, haha. so this drawing is pretty much my anxiety routine. do you relate ? does your anxiety manifest like mine does ? • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorder #bulimia #anorexia #arfid #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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Kayden Hines

That self-doubt meteor describes my entire journey transitioning my tiny private practice into a full clinic.

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Ugh. It’s back.

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Hello friends, you may have noticed I haven’t been posting a ton on here lately. When I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed, I tend to isolate myself until I can make sense of my feelings. I’ve learned that with anxiety (and most things in life), the lows never stay low forever — nor do the highs. While this ebb and flow is (somewhat) comforting, it also makes me less likely to talk about feelings that I know will dissipate and feel less consequential in hindsight. So why put a stake in the ground and talk about it now? ⠀ For me, it’s because I’ve learned that isolating myself when I feel anxious or down is one of the worst things I can do for my mental health. And connecting with all of you on this account makes me happy. Our society rewards narratives and clear takeaways, so talking about a “low” without the benefit of hindsight can just feel like complaining. “Why are you sharing this,” I imagine people thinking. Which fuels my desire to wait to share anything until I can “narrativize” it, and spin a negative or difficult experience into a positive takeaway. ⠀ Anyway, there’s no “point” to me sharing this other than to pop up from my cone of isolation and say hello. I’ll feel better if I don’t have to wait to make sense of my feelings before reaching out to the world. And hopefully my sharing this makes it easier for other people to open up too. (Also I just learned that it’s World Mental Health Day which…feels appropriate 😂😭).

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Is it Sarah as in “Sayrah” or “Saaa-ra” or “Sah-rah”?

On Your Way Out…

If you found a lot of things in this post a little too relatable, you might want to look into some ways to take care of yourself. SO, here are some quick resources:

➼ You can book a FREE phone consult with me or anyone on my awesome team to learn more about starting therapy since pretty much everyone can benefit from talking to a professional.

➼ You can learn more about anxiety disorders here.

➼ Here are some ways to be help with your anxiety right away

➼ Here are some physical, emotional and social self-care tips.

If you have any questions, as always, I would love to hear from you.

Leave a comment below, or flip me an email.

Until next time!

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Sarah Ahmed
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WellNest Psychotherapy Services

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