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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mikolas Josef shares five-year battle with anxiety: “Every day is worth living”

In 2018, thousands of Eurovision Song Contest fans took Mikolas Josef into their hearts as he became, and remains, the most successful representative from the Czech Republic at the contest. Now, Mikolas has bravely shared his five-year battle with anxiety via his Instagram page.

A battle beginning in 2016

Mikolas explains that his battle with anxiety began in 2016. However, earlier this year, Mikolas tells us that his anxiety had reached a new peak. In regards to the effects of the anxiety, he says that it causes his body to shake for four hours, his heart to race like he is having a heart attack and when he stands up, he falls down. Furthermore, he struggled to put his words together and when combined all of these anxieties with his asthma, he feels that there is “no oxygen in the air”.

The Czech star explains that initially he thought the best option, when his suffering reached a peak this Spring, was to quit his record label out of “fear of looking weak”. However, he now realises that “showing weakness and taking the judgement that follows is actually sign of strength”.

Re-evaluating himself

To make progress in his battle, Mikolas reveals that he chose to cut social media out of his life due to the negative impact it was having on his self-worth. A process of re-evaluation began and now he explains that he “has found love for the things he does, for the people around him, for himself and for his demons” too. Most importantly, he believes that every day is worth living and every day is a lesson.

Good luck Mikolas!

Editor’s note: I had the privilege to meet Mikolas at the 2018 London Eurovision party and remains to this day one of the friendliest people I have ever met. I applaud him for sharing his story with his fans and wish him all the best as he continues to win his battle with anxiety.

For anyone reading this that is suffering from any mental health issues, please visit the website of your health provider in order to discover the support that is available for you.

You can read Mikolas’ full statement via his Instagram post embedded below which he concludes by thanking everyone who has helped him get through this extremely difficult period of his life. In addition, you can see is back tattoo explaining his lessons of life.

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Spring 2020 I came to the record office and said I quit. Out of all the things in this world I ever had the struggle saying this one was the hardest. I was ashamed of looking weak and so instead of saying โ€œI need helpโ€ I tried to keep all the pride I had left and walk away from it. Now I know that to show weakness and take the judgement that follows is a sign of strength. I have anxiety and over the years it got to its peak early this year. The first time I had one was back in 2016. Fast forward to 2020 my body shakes for 4 hours, heart races like Im having a heart attack, when I stand Im falling down, I cant put words together and my asthma makes it feel like there is no oxygen in the air. The panic that takes over your mind is overwhelming. Are you Mikolas Josef? โ€œYes but I wish I wasnt.โ€ Sharing this with your family members is emberassing enough simply because you fear they will think lesser of you. Sharing this with the world was just unspeakable for me at the time and I needed space to step back and figure out where to go with my life so that it leads away from this. I cutted social media out of my life because looking at people showing off their success was crushing my self worth to bits. I realized I became shallow. Based my confidence on 20k$ outfits while the inside of me was a wasteland. Realized I paid way too much attention to what people outside the creative circle are saying about my music and that took the love away from it. I became distant from myself, my feelings, my values. I felt like a stranger in my own company. I almost never went out, never really had friends or buddies it was complete social isolation and I got so cutted away from the real world that my thoughts were my only companions. Real success isnt being #1. Aiming for that only fucks you up. You only really feel fullfilled when you love what you do. And I realized that. Found love for the things I do, for the people around me, for me and for my demons too. They are my teachers not my enemies. Every day is worth living. Every day is a lesson. Thanks to all those who suffered through this with me. I cant thank you enough for your bravery. Xoxo M

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