Learning how to navigate my introversion + social anxiety was life-changing for me. There's that impulse that we have to try to be "normal" or to "fake it until we make it" when it comes to being social. It used to emotionally drain me so much.
When I learned how to tell people (without shame or making up excuses) that I needed to step back not only did my friendships become healthier but I became healthier too. I wasn't always stressing out about how to come up with a good excuse to get out of something and the absolute guilt of saying "Sure, I'll go!" and then having something "come up". When I first started talking to my wife I wondered if she'd be okay with it. She's an extrovert and she LOVES talking on the phone and me? I'd be great if I never had to talk on the phone. Being able to let her know when I was feeling anxious or when I needed "me" time stopped me from being overwhelmed and emotionally crashing.
Making your needs known is HARD especially when it's not something you're used to but you'll be surprised about how many people will love and support you.
Anxiety is the worst. Some days I wish I could throw up my hands and walk away from all of the things that make me anxious. If you're conquering your anxiety and going to school/work, having difficult conversations, adulting, making phone calls or simply existing in a wave of anxiety - I'm proud of you!
If you're interested in a ton of tips and worksheets to combat anxiety, check out my workbook "Breathe". You can find it on my website or in my Etsy shop. #linkinbio#anxiety#anxietysucks#anxietyattack#panicattack#mentalhealth
Thursday 10 October 03:26 PM
Currently, I have men crawling around in my crawlspace. >.< It's not as fun as it sounds. Several months ago I was having a crawlspace/moisture issue with my house and of course because of anxiety I did the whole avoidance thing pretend-it's-fine-and-it-will-fix-itself. (Do not recommend)
I was so anxious about today that I was on the verge of a panic attack. I have come a looooooong way with my anxiety. I have a panic attack maybe once or twice a year but stuff like this - it just gets to me. BUT I'm all about the self-care today and now that the process has started I am feeling so much better.
Here's a little doodle of the things that have helped the most!
Anyone else watching #thesecretlifeofthezoo ?
I don't know what it is about British narrators but it's instant calm for me - also the reason I love the #greatbritishbakingshow
How do you calm down when you're anxious?
#selfcare isn't always sweet. Sometimes it's forcing yourself to do something that you need to do, to do things that initially make you uncomfortable (like setting boundaries) or to do things that take more work than you want to give.
But today, let's focus on the sweet stuff.
How are you being super sweet or gentle to yourself today?
Thursday 10 October 03:50 PM
Today is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year, the theme is suicide prevention.
We still have such a long way to go, especially when it comes to providing mental health care for everyone. We need resources that are available for those people that are struggling. We need to normalize reaching out for help.
I am so proud of how far we've come since I was a teenager. I didn't even understand fully what anxiety or depression were, let alone that they were things I had been suffering with since I was 10. I feel like today's generation has a good understanding of mental health which is awesome. I want to celebrate that.
If you feel comfortable with it - share your #mentalhealthstory to #breakthestigma and show everyone that so so so many of us have suffered from mental illness or suicidal thoughts.