Mental Health Reviews

My ‘Anti-Anxiety’ Bucket List *

#AD It’s absolutely no secret by now that I’ve suffered with Generalised Anxiety Disorder for a good 6 or so years. I’ve spoke about it on my blog multiple times (I have a whole Mental Health section here, with plenty of personal anxiety related posts as well as tips and tricks for anyone else that might be suffering) and I always mention it on Twitter. I’m very open and honest about my journey, experience, goals and ambitions and most things I do, I take anxiety into consideration.

I’ve had therapy in the past and from that, I’ve learnt to accept that my GAD may always be a part of me. However, I’m learning more and more each day how to live with it and manage it, instead of fight it. Anxiety has taken a lot from me and limited my life in so many ways but gradually, I’m taking the control back.

I never want my anxiety to limit my life. I want to be able to experience things I want to experience without having anxiety pulling me back by the collar saying, “no, I don’t think so!” It might be a little harder for me than some other people but with support, love, self belief and coping mechanisms, I know I can do anything I set my mind to.

So today I wanted to write a little ‘Anti-Anxiety’ Bucket List. I’m not usually a huge fan of bucket lists and I’m not intending this to be a list that I’m going to actively tick off but more of a way of saying ‘f you’ to anxiety and making a note of some things (big and small) that I’d love to do in my life that I won’t let anxiety stop me doing.

If I don’t end up ticking these things off? So what. Circumstances change. But the idea isn’t that it’s all or nothing, it’s knowing that if it came to it, anxiety would’t stop me living my best life.

Moving out and having my own place

I’m not ashamed to still be living with my parents in my 20’s but I’d love to have my own place at some point in my life. I’d love to decorate it how I like, be the host for Christmas and of course have my own little office space for blogging. Moving out seems pretty daunting (probably for everyone, not just someone with anxiety) but it’s something I’d love to do.

Having a baby

Phew, that’s a big one isn’t it? I’m 26 and have no plans to have a baby any time soon. I’ve been with my boyfriend for around 4 years and we’ve discussed baby names that we like but that’s about as far as that conversation has gone. The thought of being pregnant and giving birth makes me break out in a sweat. And my anxiety makes my pregnancy fears even worse. But one day, I’d love to have a little family (preferably 2 boys!)

Do a driving experience at a race track

I love Motorsport (I wrote about a visit to Donington Formula 1 Museum here and my recent stay at the Brooklands Hotel here), I love watching the cars fly around a track and I’m in constant awe of these incredible pieces of machinery and the speeds they can get up to. I’m relatively close to both Brands Hatch and Silverstone and I’d love to do a driving experience around one of these tracks one day.

Travel alone

This one seems completely unrealistic to me right now but I’ve always loved the idea of going on holiday alone and I still stand by that now. It’s something I’d love to do in my life and I know it would be a huge challenge for my anxiety. I don’t even necessarily mean anywhere far and exotic, I’d just like the experience of being alone and navigating a different environment without the help and support of someone else.

Do something within the film / television industry

A pipe dream of mine has always been to be a voice for a character in an animation. I think that’d be so much fun and an amazing experience seeing your animation with your voice come to life. I’m not sure how I’d ever get into doing that but this is a bucket list, so anything goes. I’m a huge TV series fan as well, so being an extra on a show would be incredible.

I’d love to hear what you’d put on your own anti-anxiety bucket list (or just your regular bucket list if you don’t suffer from anxiety!) Share the wildest and biggest dreams and goals you have!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

123 Comments

  1. Wow this is super inspiring! Thank you for sharing your list.

    1. You’re welcome x

  2. Thanks for sharing 💕

    1. You’re welcome x

  3. I like your idea of an anti-anxiety bucket list, especially in an aspirational rather than prescriptive (half two) sense. Nice idea! I am quite anxious by temperament although I don’t feel particularly held back at this stage of my life by anxiety. But your post made me wonder if there might not be certain things that I still shy away from on account of my anxiety. Nothing comes immediately to mind but I want to give this more reflection. Thank you for your insights.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment – I’ve only been suffering with anxiety for 7 years (only, ha!) but it is a mental illness, I’m not just an anxious person. So unfortunately it really does affect me in things like this! I’m glad to hear your anxiety doesn’t hold you back or you don’t feel like it does.

  4. Id be happy just to solve a Rubix cube haha

    1. Hahaha if you can solve a Rubik’s cube all on your own, why bother with a bucket list? You’re already a superior form of life

  5. I like the idea of moving out and having my own place. I want to customize my own office, workplace, and house. But I will do that if I have money to be used. That’s why I am working smart towards my goals. Thank you for this post btw.

    1. Hope you manage to achieve that one day! 😌

  6. You have some fab things on your Anti-Anxiety Bucket List. Although I suffer a lot from anxiety it’s not something I’ve really thought about, as in a bucket list that is. I think with me, it’s just simple things like not freaking out about the thought of pitching to a brand or PR. Using the phone – at present, I cannot make phone calls, not even to my own Mum. I won’t answer the phone either. If someone else answers, then tells me who it is, I will then take the call but I am still extremely anxious. At 48 it’s a tad embarrassing – also when I think I used to be a receptionist years ago before moving on to do Salary/Payroll, I have to wonder how I’ve ended up like this. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

    1. Those things are definitely achievable, despite appearing really daunting at first.

      How about with the phone, ask someone to call you at a specific time and answer it? So you know exactly who it is and that might ease you in to picking up the phone and be that first small step 😌

  7. Your list is great. You can get rid of your anxiety. Invite you to read “Meditation can cure your anxiety” at http://www.awakenplus.com

  8. I know this is totally not the point of this post but I found it really interesting that you said 2 boys! I find that most girls want girls, or at least a girl first. I hope you manage all of these things. The racetrack sounds amazing x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Haha! I’ve always wanted boys. Don’t know why. I have SO many boys names picked out that I love but like no girls too!

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