Travelling the world is one of my favourite things to do in life, but because I’m out of my comfort zone experiencing new places, food and people, it can exacerbate my social anxiety. One of the most helpful strategies I’ve developed to help me cope with travel-related anxiety is to plan and prepare as much
When you experience stress and anxiety, these emotions can be so intense and all-absorbing that it’s hard to get past them. Whenever you start to feel the tension build up when you’re under pressure, tick off the items in this checklist to help you remain calm. Here’s my ultimate checklist of ways to cope with
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
The holiday season is upon us! Along with a constant stream of parties, the holiday season is synonymous for many with the stress of navigating busy shopping malls while trying to find the perfect gift for their nearest and dearest. If you have someone in your life who has a mental health condition like anxiety
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
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.