Living with a mental health issue can feel very isolating. It can be challenging to relate to those around you and you might struggle to explain why this is. I know talking about your experience can feel overwhelming and scary, but with more Australians dying from suicide every year than skin cancer*, and anxiety being
Yes, having social anxiety can suck. But there can be some benefits of living with this condition, as unlikely as that may seem to those who have it. These unexpected benefits can extend beyond the obvious: that we experience anxiety to protect us from real or perceived harm, and include certain personality traits and habits
When I was younger, I was convinced that everyone around me knew there was something wrong with me. I believed those closest to me knew what was wrong with me, but had been instructed by my parents not to tell me, so I could have a normal life. My mother, who could be described as
Having to cope with social anxiety in the workplace can feel awful, and my natural reaction has always been to try and avoid them. Obviously, this isn’t always possible when you’re in the workforce, and if you’ve ever done any therapy work for your anxiety, you’ll know avoidance is a big no-no. The reality is that all jobs are likely to include some activities that make you feel uncomfortable, so it’s important to find and practice strategies that will help you manage your anxieties so you can get through the day. These are 5 strategies that have helped me.