Thinking

Are you ‘perfect’ or authentic?

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Quiet Connections accepting imperfections

Remember how it felt at school, when a teacher would ask a question that you had no clue how to answer? So many of us have felt the sinking feeling of being picked despite our best efforts to appear invisible. (I’m talking shrinking down in seats, avoiding eye contact with the teacher- the best avoidance […]

Thinking

A day with a socially anxious mind

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Quiet Connections - a day in a socially anxious mind

Two weeks ago I had an appointment with my doctor to discuss the medication I was taking for anxiety. Normal procedure would include me telling the doctor, in as little detail as possible, how I’m feeling and that I’m ok on my current medication. However, as I’ve felt my symptoms getting worse over the weeks […]

Thinking

What if our imperfections are just gold-filled cracks?

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what if imperfections are gold-filled cracks

A few weeks ago I was contacted by my friend, Hayley, about an exciting community project in Cornwall entitled ‘We Are Enough’  Its ethos is to raise awareness about mental health; to bring people together to share experiences and encourage self-expression through creativity.  All forms of creativity are encouraged such as knitting, crocheting, writing, painting […]

Personal stories

Why I embrace my social anxiety

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People often have a perception of what anxiety is and how someone who is experiencing social anxiety may present themselves. There is a stigma attached to the word anxiety which suggests it would be obvious if someone was feeling that way; that it would be evident and noticeable. This couldn’t be further from the truth. […]

Coping strategies

Seeing the Good in You

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Seeing the good in you

Yes. For just a moment, imagine if you obsessed about the things you loved about yourself? How would you feel? Put simply, you would feel pretty fucking awesome right? But hold on, it’s not that easy I hear you say. Well, I know. In fact, I know this all too well. I have spent most of […]

Personal stories

You’re not alone: Talking about feeling socially anxious [video]

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talking about feeling socially anxious video

Do you feel anxious in social situations? Do you think people are watching you and judging you? You’re not alone. Stacie, Gemma, Hayley and Sarah discuss feeling socially anxious; avoiding university; the fear of job seeking; and feeling like no one else understands. This video is part of Falmouth University student, Verena Wegmann’s social anxiety campaign, sharing the […]