Six Word Story

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. This six word story is how I feel about my anxiety. For more posts on mental health click here.

Always taunting me from a distance.

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What My Anxiety Has Taught Me

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. For more posts on mental health click here.

Change is good- Even though change can be very anxiety inducing for people even those that don’t necessarily have an anxiety disorder it’s even more difficult for people that have an anxiety disorder. I personally used to hate change because it made my anxiety a lot worse but now I’ve realised that I shouldn’t let anxiety force me to maintain a routine I don’t want to maintain. Change has a lot of positives too and I need to embrace that.

Give it time- I was recently talking to a close friend of mine and we were talking about our experiences with anxiety and we both agreed that it definitely gets better over time. At first you have no idea what’s happening or how to make it better but eventually you learn what makes your anxiety worse and how to control your anxiety at least to the extent that it doesn’t disrupt your day-to-day life.

It’s not worth sacrificing having fun- For a while I let anxiety control me and my life. I stopped doing things I enjoyed just so that I wouldn’t have to face my anxiety. However, over time I have learnt to ignore the anxiety in my head and just go ahead and do what I want even if the few hours before it are anxiety filled.

Life goes on- Even though anxiety is not something that ever goes away permanently there are lots of ways that help ease and reduce it. Eventually you learn how to deal with it and life goes on for you.

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Technology And Mental Health

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I just want to start out by saying that I know technology has a lot of cons but the things I talk about in this post are just my thoughts on technology and how it effects my anxiety and mental health in general.

For the longest time I’ve been hearing people talk about technology, the internet, social media and how this is effecting the youth or people in general negatively and I agree. The internet and social media can be detremental to a lot of peoples mental health and lead to eating disorders and other mental health problems.

However, for me it feels like the internet and social media really help with my anxiety. If you have anxiety or know anything about anxiety and mental health issues you know that they are not under anyone’s control and you can’t just turn it off. Anxiety just shows up randomly like that annoying family member that never calls ahead (we’ve all got one).

Whenever I do get anxious however, I’ve realised that it really helps to browse through social media and distract myself for a while. It also really helps to look through WordPress and read all the amazing posts you guys put out. I know a lot of people are like you’re generation is always on the phone it’s so disrespectful (which it can be depending on the circumstances) but I just hope that you guys realise that sometimes we aren’t on our phone/laptop because we want to be or because we’re addicted or whatever but because it helps us get through stuff. I hope the next time you see someone on their phone you can try to be a bit more lenient and think about how this person might be panicking about something and is trying to calm themselves down.

Not everything to do with the internet and social media is a bad thing. For me it gives a shy, awkward kid who sucks at real life conversations an outlet to express themselves. It also gives me a break from anxiety and helps me calm down.

Sorry if this sounded like kind of a rant but I had been meaning to write this post for quite a while and I hope it sheds some light into the pros of technology for people with anxiety and other mental health problems.

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5 Cofacilitations And A Presentation

So thankfully my semester is almost over which means I’m done with my cofacilitations and presentations. I have a really hard time with these as I’ve told you guys because I am one of those people that is just not great at speaking in public or to groups.

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So two of my cofacilitations I did on my own which I actually prefer because I’m kind of a perfectionist and like to be in control…

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I had to do the other three cofacilitations and the lecture presentation with other people and the majority of them went pretty well. One of the people I had to do the cofacilitation with turned out to be an arschloch while the others were really nice.

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I did well in all of them except one seminar cofacilitation where no one had read the stuff and no one was answering the questions we had and it was just super awkward and weird.

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The lecture presentation went better then last time and I did pretty well in it.

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Anyway I’m just happy I’m done with them although now that I’ve done them a couple of times they’re not as scary anymore and I kind of know what to expect and how to handle certain situations.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this little update sorry I haven’t been able to do more but…

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How To Travel When You Suffer From Social Anxiety (Guest Post)

Objective: Travelling with Social Anxiety

You scroll down your Instagram feed and watch people travelling to every corner of the world. Looking anxiously at your screen you might think “Damn If it wasn’t for my anxiety, I’d travel all the time”.

Well, today is your lucky day. I will tell you how to travel the world from the comfort of your social anxiety.

Should I travel alone?

Short Answer, yes. Long Answer depends on the situation. There are certain places that travelling alone might not work. These would be places that are crowded such as Cancun Mexico, London UK, Las Vegas USA.

In these places you might feel like you stand out like a sore thumb. Because they’re centered around public events like: concerts, sports stadiums, nightclub raves. Which most people that have social anxiety would not be too fond about anyways.

Many people with social anxiety tend to realize that travelling alone is the best way to travel. What does this mean? It means that when they’re in large groups, they tend to get overloaded.

What if I don’t want to go alone?

More people? No problem, this is the safest way to go travelling. A major bonus to go with a few people means that you don’t need to do most of the talking.

Some people feel social in spurts, but always do not feel like talking. Travelling with outgoing friends, works well for when you just want to go along for the ride.

The best strategy is to go with 2-4 friends. This means you have enough people to entertain each other; yet, not enough to get left-out/ignored the whole trip.

Who should I go with then?

Outgoing socially active friends.

Life-long friends

Friends that share your same interests: Hiking, nature etc.

People that are not exhausting for you to be around

Choosing a Country to Vacation to?

I can’t choose a specific country you should go to. What I can do is telling you specific ideas.

Go to Countries That are From Different Cultures

Being in a foreign country makes it easier to interact with locals. This is because you’re not as worried about following the norms. Why? because you don’t even know they exist.

When I visited Ghana, Africa. Greeting people was easy as 1-2-3!

I did not mind just saying what’s up to different people or sounding weird. Why? Because I had no idea how normal people acted in their culture.

On top of that locals are more lenient and receptive to tourists. Firstly, because its always refreshing to meet new people. We always want to make a great first impression to visitors.

Secondly, the stereotypes of all tourists being loaded with cash might not hurt either

Countries Where People Don’t Speak Your Language

Many claims that being in a foreign country and not speaking the language is awesome. This is because the focus of your conversation is more on communicating your point.

Compared to being in a country where they speak the exact same language. Now your worried about how they think of what you said, and if they found your jokes funny etc.

Find Object/Event Focused Activity

Social anxiety gives people the “don’t know what to say syndrome“. Sometimes you feel like you know what to say, other times you don’t to learn more about speaking publicly with anxiety, check out my guide on public speaking with social anxiety.

Event Focused Activities

Museum
Opera
Napping on the beach
Take Pictures
Explore Nature: Hiking, scuba diving etc.

Pick a Tour Guide:
A tour guide makes travelling with social anxiety a breeze. Their job is to guide you through fun experiences and do the talking and schmoozing for you. You can learn more about choosing the perfect tour guide here.

What if I can’t find a professional tour guide?

No problem. You can always choose activities at a resort with instructors. Having an instructor is the simplest way to enjoy a new place without knowing the ins-n-outs. Plus, I’m sure they would not mind giving you some tips on local places to explore. Especially if you ask nicely (give a nice tip!).

What If I don’t want to give a tip?

Never enough for you huh? Alright then, why not catch up with an old friend? The best tour guides are people that have been living in that city for years, and that you know personally. Not only will they know the city well, they will know what you prefer!

Conclusion

Just take your travelling plans one wave at a time. Remember, your “job” as a tourist is to have fun. The standards are set low for you, to be honest. Being respectful and polite already puts you ahead of the pack. Safe travels, … and wait. Don’t forget to bring me a souvenir.

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Top Travel Tips For Introverts

Great tips!

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Hey travel lovers and welcome back to a whole new year of blogging! We have some great posts for you in 2019, but for now we are going to be sharing with you some of our favourite travel tips for introverts in celebration of World Introvert Day.

  1. Always travel with headphones, a book and maybe even a sleep mask – If you are too nervous to talk to people then this is one of the easiest ways to avoid conversation without appearing to be really rude.
  2. Try a retreat – There are plenty of different options for retreats available, whether it’s writing, spa, yoga, or something else. Retreats tend to offer a calm and quiet space in pristine natural settings. You will probably end up surrounded by like minded people who like to keep to themselves.
  3. Order room service – This can be a nice break if you have not…

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14 Valentine’s Day Cards For Introverts

These are so perfect!

Quietly Ambitious

1. For that special person that you don’t mind sitting in a room with and not talking

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2. Because watching Netflix is the only time you’ll hear an introvert say ‘the more the better’

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3. There’s no fun playing scrabble on your own

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4. For the nerdier more intellectual introvert

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5. Most people suck, but you suck the least…I guess

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6. For the quietest couple in town

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7. For the socially awkward introvert couple

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8. Because hopefully by now your other half has accepted your quietness

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9. Because let’s face, there’s no introvert quite like your other half

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10. For the Harry Potter lovers

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11. For those that have already grown old together

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12. For the book loving introvert

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13.  For those that don’t necessarily like to ‘introvert’ alone

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14. INFJ love

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5 Chandler Bing Quotes That Are Way Too Relatable

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Another Scary Experience!

A lot of universities need students to do co-facilitation’s which is when you teach the seminar for one class. My university is one of them. I have five of those to do this semester and I just finished my first one yesterday and I thought I would tell you guys about how it went!

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Firstly, the seminar topic I was doing was about Kenya so I at least I knew what I was talking about and I didn’t have to do a ton of research on the topic.

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So it started with me having to explain the two articles which was alright because I had written notes on what I had to say and kind of just read from the paper. The only thing was I was a little red in the face, kind of looking down while reading and not making too much eye contact. But I don’t think it was that bad.

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Then I had to ask question which I had prepared which was a little scary because sometimes people just stare at you and no one answers.

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Luckily this class was not like that and people participated and answered a lot which was so great. That was a big load off my chest.

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Plus, the professor was SO sweet and helpful. He would always chime in with helpful questions, answers and information. I thought that was nice because some TA’s/Professors don’t do that and you’re kind of just left hanging.

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I was super anxious the whole time obviously but it was 50 minutes and I somehow got through it without totally freaking out.

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After the class my professor talked to me and told me I did a good job which was so nice of him. I got my results for it and I got 9/10!

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I’m glad I have these co-facilitation’s because I’m hoping they’ll help me get over my anxiety a little and be better at being in charge and talking to groups of people.

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Well that’s where my story ends. Have an awesome weekend guys!

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How To Push Your Way Out Of The Comfort Zone (Guest Post)

At that moment, when you realize that everything turned out and life was a success, it turns out that the diligent comfort zone so diligently conceals an immense danger.

There is such an old and very right saying: “Fish looks for is deeper water, man for better places to live.” And this is absolutely correct and natural. Each person strives to make his life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. . It would be complete idiocy to abandon these benefits of civilization.

It would seem, well, what is wrong with a quiet, comfortable existence? You feel relaxed, there are no risks in your life, you are satisfied with how things are going, and you do not feel any need to change anything. Maybe you do not feel incredibly happy, or 100% satisfied, but at least you feel comfortable, right?

No.

Almost always your comfort zone is the fruit of self-deception. You tell yourself that the best alternative to your current position does not exist, that you have spent too much effort to build it, that it is already too difficult to change anything in life. You stop at one place, although quite a convenient location, and with your own hands nullify all the great prospects of your life. The comfort zone turns you to the end point of your journey. Why is this happening?

You become soft.
What happens to a person who takes a bath of warm water for a while? He relaxes, limp. And if such a stay stretch for quite a long time? That is right, and it is degrading. His muscles lose their tone and very soon he will not be able not only to run but even just to stand still.

But this concerns not only the body. The same thing happens with our brain. The lack of the need to solve complex problems makes it to where liquefaction in the head and loss of clarity of thinking, ability to learn and make decisions.

You become a vegetable that moves along the same trajectory every day and performs the same tasks every day.

In the meantime, remember which period of your life was the most fruitful and creative for you? I am sure that these were not the most pleasant and comfortable times. Some will remember sleepless student nights, other life-threatening journeys and situations, and still others — crisis periods in their lives when everything had to start all over again.

You give up on life goals.
Everyone, well, almost everyone, a person has somewhere deep in the sub cortex that most cherished goal of his life. Yes, something from the series “to see Paris and die.” The most exciting thing is that very often these goals are not so expensive and unattainable. But something always bothers us.

We postpone our goal further and further, and as the comfort zone grows around you, it becomes practically unattainable. It is so difficult to get out of a warm bath even for a while and go out into the street.

You may never know yourself
There is an opinion, and it has been justified entirely, that only in difficulties the real face of a person is revealed. You can live your whole life in greenhouse conditions and never know what you really can do. Can you really be bold and inventive? Do you be able to show patience and perseverance, or does it just seem to you?

It is time to get out of your comfort zone and understand, if only for yourself, what kind of person you are and where lies the limit of your possibilities. I assure you that the result will surely surprise you.

Sooner or later, the comfort zone for any person turns into that factor which slows down its development and deprives life of sharpness of sensations. Remember the most exciting moments of your life. Surely most of them are connected precisely with those moments when you were doing something unusual, extreme, going beyond the usual routine, leaving your comfort zone.

So why not do it again?

About the author
It has always been difficult for Melisa Marzett to leave her shell, but she works on it day by day. She is into psychology ever since she was at school. Currently working for http://getessayeditor.com as a freelance writer, she has an opportunity to travel all over the world she enjoys doing despite being an introvert. She stands for increasing opportunities, expanding the horizons and an animal rights activist.

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