How I am overcoming social anxiety to shave my head in aid of the ME Association

Why would anyone who feels socially anxious want to shave their head? Clearly, it could draw unwanted attention and open us up to judgement… the very things that anyone who feels socially anxious tries to avoid! (You can read my story here.) But, I believe that when we care about something enough, we can push […]

Gemmas story

Gemma’s story: I never realised I was feeling socially anxious

Retreating at school I hated school. Well, I loved learning but did not enjoy the people. I was told that my disinterest in education was because I was dyslexic and that I wouldn’t amount to anything worthwhile. This knocked my confidence, looking back I realise that what I was feeling at the time was the […]

Comfort in escapism

Comfort in escapism

At 25 years old, you would be remiss to expect depression to not surprise me anymore. It is only in the last few months that I have experienced some new symptoms. Where they came from I am not sure, but I found myself really uncomfortable in myself and with my body. Really uncomfortable. So uncomfortable […]

Fi Hartley Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer for anxiety

Fi’s story: How exercise helped me to reduce feelings of anxiety

This is a story from our friend Fi at Inside Out Fitness Cornwall who has transformed her life and is now helping other people to access fitness even though they feel socially anxious. Since a young age I believed that I was not smart enough. This belief followed me for a long time. I feared […]

bikini body

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge: Swimming without a bikini body (Day 20)

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge Day 20 When body image keeps you from swimming This photo was taken at the end of my NLP Practitioner course with Lizzi at Going Coastal. As the business name suggests, Lizzi’s practise revolves around the coast and I spent many hours coaching against the beautiful backdrop of Perranporth beach. As someone who enjoys the […]

Hayley Prom

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge: Breathing in (Day 16)

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge Day 16 Never enough I’m not alone in being self-conscious of my appearance. By the age of 16, I was a size 8, or “far too skinny” and “barely eating” as my dad reminded me recently. I always thought I was too fat. Never skinny enough. Never pretty enough. Never tall enough, tanned enough or blonde […]

blushing

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge: How blushing increases feelings of vulnerability (Day 5)

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge Day 5 The vulnerability in blushing I’ve always been someone who blushes. I would go bright red in the face and come up in a blotchy red rash on my chest in any situation where I would be noticed and even where I thought about being in uncomfortable situations – not just during presentations! It could […]