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Photo taken by first-time contributor Bri, a 20-year-old mother from New Jersey who lives with epilepsy and anxiety. When her anxiety hits hard, she feels the need to flee, which is not always an option. When she was a child and she started to panic, she got into the habit of filling her bathtub with hot water, jumping in fully clothed and submerging her ears underwater so everything seemed faint and far away. She felt like she was suddenly far from the chaos, and the hot water was physically comforting. She would spend hours in the tub listening to the sound of the water and the air filling her lungs letting her know that she was still alive. Then when she would get out, her clothes would be so heavy clinging onto her just like the anxiety itself. She would peel them off and feel brand new again, light as a feather and finally free, if only for a moment.

About this photo: “This is a self portrait of how I deal with my anxiety. I’m sure others cope in similar ways and I just want to show that they’re not alone. This photo really strikes up a lot of feeling for me. At first it made me feel vulnerable and afraid because the photo was out there now for everyone to see how I really am. I later realized that there was a lot of support in the feedback and more people could relate than I thought. So I hope this shows someone that they’re not alone and I hope that it will somehow help someone. If not then maybe it could raise some awareness.


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13 responses to “Anxiety”

  1. chistanote Avatar



  2. moodphototeija Avatar

    so beautiful and emotional pic!


  3. lisalday111711 Avatar

    This is a fantastic shot filled with so much emotion….I too suffer from anxiety and I knew immediately before reading any text what the picture was conveying…Nice work!!!


  4. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    The photo is fantastic. I have general anxiety disorder as well as depression and a host of physical ailments so I totally understand the feeling and that is amazing that you were so young when you discovered such an unusual way to soothe your anxiety.


  5. Miss P Avatar

    So intense


  6. hanabcn Avatar

    I also use the bath tube to calm me down, it’s a good way to feel like time has stopped…


  7. ravenjcold1976 Avatar

    Reblogged this on jjcgomez77 and commented:
    Your not alone..breathe-just breathe and excercise or run on a nice trail get a feel for nature especially if you have some nice scenary around-It works miracles!


  8. Victoria Sawyer Avatar

    Beautiful photo and touching story. I too suffer from anxiety and have never tried this method…I think I might actually like the soothingness of it, almost like meditation and releasing stress and tension. Thanks for sharing your story!


  9. ag Avatar

    Thanks for raising my awareness with such a compelling image.


  10. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    That’s an excellent image. Full of lovely tones and meaning. Really well done. 🙂


  11. Lee Avatar

    Reblogged this on unknowinglee and commented:
    I love this. Suffering from Anxiety, this is the first time I am reading about other real people who might understand what I am feeling. Plus. I love photography. Thanks for sharing.


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