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We bring you The Big Burn Out — a content series made up of honest personal essays, expert advice and practical recommendations.
It's a comforting feeling to know that there are people out there who just get you. When I stumbled upon Janie Stapleton's artwork about anxiety, it was like she was reading my mind (which, to be honest, is a pretty hectic place). She shared her comics on Bored Panda, and included a note about her inspiration for them, saying that the art is "a way to cope with anxiety and process the world around me."
I went down a rabbit hole on her Instagram page where she displays more of her comics, and the witty and well-worded work struck a chord with me, since I too deal with extreme anxiety on a daily basis. She uses adorable animals to express anxious thoughts and feelings, and the heartfelt and often times hilarious comics are ones that anyone who struggles with anxiety can definitely relate to.
From existential ideas about life and death to introversion, self-doubt, and more, here are some top picks from Stapleton's portfolio that show the real things that go through an anxious person's head.