The problem with “diagnosable” social anxiety is that the distress is persistent—even constant in some cases. It doesn’t just flare up now and then in a manageable way—it disrupts the person’s life.Read More
I felt like I was standing on the outside of most of my relationships, looking in through a window clouded by my own fear of being truly authentic and vulnerable.Read More
My therapist said, “You’ve probably been telling yourself for years to just ‘stop’ having anxiety. To just get it together. You’ve probably beaten yourself up over it, telling yourself that it’s not that hard, that you can willpower your way out it.”
I nodded vigorously. “Yes. Every day. Forever.”
She gave me a compassionate half-smile. “Honey, if you could do that, I wouldn’t have a job. You can’t just berate yourself out of anxiety. The part of you that’s berating yourself IS your anxiety.”Read More
You are beautiful. You are resilient. You are strong. You are kind. You are worthy. Your feelings are valid. Your body is powerful and beautiful. Please try to remember this quote: “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.”
You are good enough.
You. Are. Good. Enough.Read More