When Fighting Anxiety: Don’t Fight It!

The funny thing I’m realizing about my anxiety is that when it gets out of hand, it’s because I let it get out of hand. I don’t say that as a way to place blame on myself — trust me, I have plenty of blame and guilt already and I don’t need anymore. What I’m beginning to realize, is that anxiety is more of a control issue. If I control the situation before it gets out of hand, an anxiety/panic attack will have been successfully diffused. Yes, I realize that it’s not always that simple in practice; but it’s also

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So much to do… So little time!

Today is going to be a hustle-around kind of day. I’m a little nervous. It includes a lot of things I’ve been putting off, such as: getting my college ID and library card (yes, I’m going back to school — it’s unavoidable in this current job market climate and might even be helpful in my journey to kick this social anxiety stuff!), taking all the kids for their new school ‘do’s and clothes, and dropping off paperwork at the local high school. Maybe it doesn’t sound like much, but it is a lot. It’s a lot more with the whole

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I am OK – and feeling anxious is OK, too!

I recently ordered a self-help book to try to work on this social anxiety stuff by myself. After days and days of searching and reading reviews and checking suggestions on various forums for Social Anxiety, I decided to buy Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. I’ve just crossed over from Part I to Part II. Part I of the book is all about understanding Social Anxiety. There’s a lot of information presented that I, obviously, am already quite familiar with, but there is also a lot of information presented in ways that I’d never thought

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Ack! Why is everyone judging me?!

And why the hell would I have a public blog if I cared so much about being judged?! Good question! I’m not so sure I have a good answer though. I have Social Anxiety. Social Anxiety is weird. It sort of makes you constantly battle yourself against what you want. Most of the time, what you want is exactly what your mind insists you’re afraid of! Fear is a very powerful emotion. It can wreak havoc on every facet of your life and essentially hold you hostage. Most of my fears are completely irrational. I know they’re irrational. I’m a

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