Encouragement

Sharing Your Dreams and Desires

Before we begin today's post, let me take a moment and ask you a question: what are your dreams for your life? Can you picture how you want your life to play out? Or do you have a hard time? Sometimes, when you have an anxiety disorder, it's hard to view the future in a… Continue reading Sharing Your Dreams and Desires

Coping, Encouragement, Struggle

Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Having an anxiety disorder is downright frustrating sometimes. You have so many things that you want to do, but sometimes, you're at the mercy of your anxiety. This has especially been the case in my own life. I was diagnosed with my anxiety disorder in my sophomore year of high school. After I was diagnosed,… Continue reading Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Celebrations, Encouragement, Validation

Birthday Celebrations

When you think of your birthday, what do you think of? Celebrating with family and friends? Eating delicious food? Having fun? All of the above? Birthday celebrations can be a lot of fun, but when you have an anxiety disorder, this isn't necessarily the case. For example: Someone with social anxiety might not like a… Continue reading Birthday Celebrations

Encouragement, Stigma, Struggle

Anxiety Disorders and Exhaustion

"Why are you always so tired?" Most of the time, people ask me this question after I tell them "I'm tired." If I had a nickel for every time someone's asked me this question, I would be a millionaire. I've always been at a loss for how to respond to this question. How do you… Continue reading Anxiety Disorders and Exhaustion

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Reading

Welcome back for my second post in my "How I Cope" series! Last week, I talked about how exercise improves my anxiety disorder. This week, I'll be talking about the affect reading has on my anxiety disorder. In grade school, I was always the quiet girl. Academically, I was successful. Socially, however, I struggled. Not… Continue reading How I Cope: Reading

Coping, Self-Care

New Series: How I Cope

When you're first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you're filled with a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions people often have is "how do I cope?" It's a fair question, given that people with anxiety disorders suffer from intense anxiety and stress, especially when they're first diagnosed. When I was first diagnosed with… Continue reading New Series: How I Cope

Stigma, Struggle

Stigma and Mental Health

***Trigger Warning*** (Suicide) Last week was a rough week for many who have mental health issues. There were not one, but two celebrity suicides this past week: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It's opened up a much-needed conversation about mental health issues and the stigma around them. Because of this, I wanted to take the… Continue reading Stigma and Mental Health

Work

Internships and Anxiety Disorders

Hey guys, I'm so sorry I haven't been able to post anything for over two weeks. Last week was absolutely crazy. I started a new internship at a local nonprofit at the beginning of the week, and my brother graduated from high school at the end of the week. Not only that, I still had… Continue reading Internships and Anxiety Disorders

Encouragement

Your Disorder is Not Your Fault

Learning that you have an anxiety disorder can be a tough pill to swallow. On one hand, you're relieved to have answers. On the other hand, it can leave you with more questions, like "why do I have this disorder?" These questions can lead to unproductive trains of thought, like "I should've prevented this disorder… Continue reading Your Disorder is Not Your Fault