This year I'm doing something that challenges my anxiety every single month. For June, I went to a hen do with several people I don't know! And...I had fun?
Contrary to what my depression has told me for years, 'I can't' is not the same as 'I don't want to', and I'm not actually incredibly lazy.
This year, I'm challenging myself to one thing a month that terrifies me. And this month is a doozy - I went to a yoga class, and good grief, was I anxious.
I've always been sceptical of the no-screens-before-bed rule. This past week, I've turned my PC off at 11pm. And it's working?
Exposure therapy is a really difficult thing to do on your own. It can very easily become too much - and too much of something is really just that.
This month, in my series where I challenge myself to do 'normal' things that are scary to me, I go for a walk. Not just any walk: a walk without headphones.
For the past few weeks I've been struggling with dissociation - a symptom where I feel like I'm only very shallowly engaging with the world.
There are a lot of things that my anxiety means I can't do - and it turns out driving might be one of them. Let's talk about trauma, limits, and necessity.
I've talked a lot about being at peace with recovery from depression not being all an upward curve. But that doesn't mean that it's any the less horrible.
This year I'm forcing myself to do things I am terrified of - things that most people consider normal. This month, I go and get a haircut.