Aug 03, 2017
I suffer from social anxiety – in the fall, winter, and spring, but I find the summer the most difficult time of year. Each summer, the anticipation of the increased social activity and the fear of missing out on said social activity is a huge source of stress for me – not to mention the dreaded bathing suit…oh yes, the dreaded bathing suit. I’m 23, so beach outings, summer nights spent on patios, camping trips, road trips, barbeques, and just going out more often with friends and family members can rattle the anxiety I experience. In the summer, I find myself in more situations where I must talk to humans, make eye contact, and appear as though I am happy – because as my social media feed proves – everyone else is happy in the summer! And unlike in the winter months, I feel guilty if I stay at home with my Netflix and hide from the world. But this summer I decided that it’s going to be different. Instead of dreading every aspect of the season, I decided that I was going to take...
Jun 15, 2017
Happy Father’s Day! Whether this is your first Father's Day or your 40th, I'm sure it brings with it a wide range of emotions. Before reading this post today, you’ve likely already seen TV commercials, or social media feeds demonstrating how Father’s Day is “supposed” to look like. As a proud father of a five-year-old daughter, I also look like those “Insta” families - some of the time - but, definitely not all of the time.
Jun 12, 2017
Dating can be daunting in general, but if you struggle with social anxiety, it can seem impossible at times. For me, one who struggles with social anxiety, dating can be a difficult process. As a 23-year old female, I’ve dipped my feet into the dating realm via a dating app. I find that meeting a romantic prospect through friends or work has never worked for me and meeting men at bars or clubs never turns into anything. For a socially-anxious person, using a dating app may seem like the natural choice, as it starts with a virtual interaction – vs. a face-to-face interaction; however, it doesn’t make it any easier.
Jun 01, 2017
I’m 23 years old, and I recently completed my undergraduate degree. Fresh out of school I started the transition towards my new life and a new career. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I found this process extremely difficult. After I had finished my undergrad, I left my school, my group of friends, and the life that I grew accustomed to over the past four years in Kelowna, and transitioned from living with a roommate to moving back with my parents in Vancouver. I started my job search with a positive attitude; however, it only took a month before everything hit the fan.
May 17, 2017
In my grade 12 yearbook, I was voted “most likely to get the most education.” I resented this nomination at the time, but fast forward ten years later, and here I am with two postsecondary degrees. People now ask me when I’m going to go for my Ph.D.… I smile and say, “I don’t think a Ph.D. is for me.” What I don't tell them is why.
May 11, 2017
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. The wish on this Mother's Day is – happiness. But this is not always the reality. Life is full of other emotions too. Sadness. Anger. Disgust. Surprise. Guilt. Fear. This is normal. Especially if you are flooded with images of the “perfect Mother’s Day” on your social media feed, it can get you down if yours doesn’t seem as “perfect.”
May 03, 2017
In appreciation of Mental Health Week , I am going to share my experience with social anxiety in hopes that my story will provide a sense of connection and inspiration for others. The intent of this post isn’t to steer you in the direction I went, or tell you what to do. My aim is to share my story, knowing that maybe somebody else will feel less alone reading it, and will be inspired to take action or open up in their way about their mental health.
Mar 01, 2017
My daughter has struggled with anxiety since a very early age. When I first set out to find help, I had no idea of where to start. I didn’t know of any other families with anxious children and no one seemed to be struggling like we were – and if they were, no one talked about it. Fast-forward to a few years later and my network of “parents of anxious children” has grown. As soon as I started talking about anxiety, I found that other parents with similar issues came out of the woodwork. The more I talked about it, the more I was connected through friends – and friends of friends – to parents of children with anxiety.
Jan 23, 2017
When I first thought about writing a blog post for January, the topic of goal setting came to mind. People frequently set goals for the New Year that are too high. Consequently, they don’t meet their resolutions and end up feeling worse than before they set their goals. Learning how to set goals is an important skill. However, when I sat down to actually write this blog post, I noticed many stories on goal setting already out there. I decided I wanted to write something different.
Dec 20, 2016
Well, we are days away from the holidays, so you are most likely well into your most socially-active time of the year. Although we’re told that this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, for many of us, this may not be the case. In fact, a North American survey found that 45% of respondents dread the festive season. Especially if you struggle with social anxiety, the thought of family gatherings and office parties can seem overwhelming, and the increase in social engagements over the holidays can be a source of trepidation and dread.