The unexpected thing that happens when you open up about anxiety

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

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14 random things that are a big deal when you have social anxiety

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

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How Toastmasters helps people with social anxiety

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

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5 strategies I use to manage social anxiety at work

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.