Nora Klopp, like many people last year, got stuck in her house and tried to find a balance between her work and her life. As the pressure mounted and “overwhelmed” became the new normal, Nora’s anxiety peaked.
“I first consciously knew I had anxiety when I was a teenager,” Klopp explains, “But Covid got it out of hand because I had to let go and trust.”
The gradual return to school made Nora realize that her anxiety affected everything in her life. Knowing that she needed to be in control, she started reading, attending mindfulness retreats online, and seeing a counselor.
“I learned so much and thought it would be a great opportunity to start talking to other people,” she says.
Nora klopp“I still didn’t know if creating a page and sharing my experiences would be a good idea,” says Nora. I realized that I could use social media to make positive change.
Nora commented on the negative effects social media can have on a person by constantly comparing themselves to others.
“Comparison is really the thief of joy,” she says.
Nora decided that by sharing her experience, maybe she could reach a single person who needed to know that she was not alone in what she was feeling. She wanted to turn her anxiety into a positive experience, so she started to find time for her art again.
“Everyone has a busy life,” she says of finding time for her passion. “We believe we have to be in constant motion to see ourselves as a success. We don’t just stop to BE.
Lately, Nora has reached more and more people with her helpful and supportive ways of dealing with anxiety. She plans to host another virtual conference later this fall and offer better ways to deal with how our negative thoughts can affect our brains.
“Opening up the conversation is a wonderful way to connect and say, ‘This is real life. We need not be ashamed of it. We don’t have to go through it alone.