The Stress Wall

Breaking though the invisible barrier


My mind is an amazing piece of machinery. It can solve complex problems, recall memories from 20 years ago and play a song on the guitar just by hearing it.

It can also be a prison.

Through dealing with cycles of depression, stress and then depression again I can honestly say that my mind can be a terrible villain at times. It has prevented me from capitalizing on fantastic opportunities, forging relationships with people and bettering my overall situation. I’ve come to fully understand the concept of “getting in my own way.” After experiencing this weird self-induced phenomenon countless times over the past couple of years I’ve given it a name.


The Stress Wall

Welcome to the most frustrating thought pattern. Imagine this, you know what you need to do to resolve a problem in your life but can’t seem to get it done. Let’s say that you are going through a divorce, but your car needs repair. You’ve reached the end of your mental rope and continue to push the car repair off. “I’ll do it tomorrow”, you say. Ultimately you push it back so far that the car breaks down and you get stranded. You beat yourself up about it. You knew the car was going to have issues and yet you didn’t do anything about it.

The cycle repeats itself. You almost feel like you are walking the halls of some god forsaken prison. You’re the only one there, and the walls keeping you in are constructed by your own mind.

When To Get Help

If you feel like you're struggling to get past a difficult time in your life, you're not alone. More than 40 million adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder. The best thing you can do for yourself is find help. Many of us don't like to admit that we are in a place where we need to talk to somebody, but seeking professional help doesn't mean you lost. It means that you're taking an important step forward.

Here's a great place to start looking for help if you need it. I wish you the best as you continue your journey through life.

Peter O'Neal