Being a mum to my fur baby, a three-year-old chocolate Labrador named Bailey, fills me with happiness on a daily basis. I also grew up with another Labrador, who was a faithful, trusting best friend and confidante throughout my childhood. These two pets have had a huge impact on my life and I know from
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
There’s nothing worse than being out and about living life and being struck with particularly bad anxiety and looking for something to help you cope, only to discover it’s nowhere to be found. Living with chronic anxiety can lead to many physical effects, so I’ve found it useful to keep a mental health kit on
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 you have social anxiety, little, everyday things that wouldn’t bother a ‘normal’ person, can take on a life of their own and seem like a really big deal. Yes, I know that they may seem inconsequential to you, if you’ve never had to live with chronic anxiety. But that’s the point. These are 14
Did you know that 74%* of people suffer from speech anxiety, or glossophobia, and more people are afraid of public speaking than of dying? I don’t know about you, but I find those stats oddly comforting. Knowing that I’m not the only person that experiences the shaking hands, wobbly legs, racing thoughts, extreme sweating and
This week, I graduated from a Speechcraft course. Speechcraft courses are a short, intensive version of a Toastmasters course aimed at helping participants develop their verbal communication skills in a supportive environment. I never thought I would be able to do anything like Toastmasters. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a huge
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
Even though anxiety is a mental illness, it can manifest physical effects, such as muscle tension and migraines. These 4 ways will provide you with options to better manage your anxiety and reduce its effect on your body.
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.