How you can flourish despite social anxiety when you study what you’re passionate about

How you can flourish despite social anxiety when you study what you’re passionate about

Starting at sixth form, my shyness seemed to becoming more debilitating and I began to feel a lot worse about it. I struggled in class and socially, not feeling able to contribute in group situations, worrying excessively about ‘scary’ things such as presentations and debates, avoiding things that I didn’t feel able to cope with,…

5 top tips for aspiring runners who are feeling self-conscious, from runners who have been there too

5 top tips for aspiring runners who are feeling self-conscious, from runners who have been there too

It’s easy to get into the habit of avoiding exercise because we’re feeling self-conscious. With body image being a key shame trigger for both women and men, I know I’m not alone in worrying what people will think of my sweaty red face, blotchy chest, wobbly bits, inability to control my panting, and even the…

The Therapeutic Benefit of Creative Writing: Finding a voice when I was unsure I had one. 

The Therapeutic Benefit of Creative Writing: Finding a voice when I was unsure I had one. 

Writing creatively can be very therapeutic. Research has shown that oral and written storytelling can enrich our spiritual and cultural lives and help us heal from past traumas and abuse. Sometimes people write their own life narrative and their writing is autobiographical in nature. Writing about daily experiences, that is, writing rooted in one’s own…

4 simple techniques to ease anxiety as a wedding guest

4 simple techniques to ease anxiety as a wedding guest

In the early budding stage of our relationship, my boyfriend’s sister invited me to her wedding. Upon receiving this news, I mentally responded in two ways. Firstly I was filled with elation, after all, she was betting on us being together a whole year into the future, a potentially risky move for a bride. Who…

Meet Stacie; Your perfectly imperfect Community Coordinator

Meet Stacie; Your perfectly imperfect Community Coordinator

What stops you from sharing yourself with the world?  For me, it’s the fear of rejection. Built on that are the fears of failure and the fear of being seen for who I am; digging deep beneath it, it’s believing I’m unworthy and undeserving; all topped off with a dollop of feeling not enough. A…

Tom’s story: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Tom’s story: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

In a sense, this is a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ or, more accurately, two countries; actually three if you count this one. This short tale is about asking for help when you don’t think you need it. It is a tale of contradictions. In 2011 I moved, with my wife and two daughters, from a…

How an unplanned gap year helped me to get confident for university
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How an unplanned gap year helped me to get confident for university

One girl, a gap year, a university, and a whole lot of fear. That’s the run down of things right now. Let me explain… Things don’t always go to plan My intention was to start university last year, straight from college as most of my friends were doing. I was a mix of excitement and fear….

Annika’s story: I’m no longer settling for a small, ‘safe’ life

Annika’s story: I’m no longer settling for a small, ‘safe’ life

I always liked my safe comfort zone. It was small, safe and it left little room for me to make mistakes and potentially embarrass myself, or do anything that could draw attention to me. It wasn’t always like this; at primary school I was happy confident and outgoing. I was bullied all throughout my primary…

Michelle’s story: I’m stretching my comfort zone with Quiet Connections

Michelle’s story: I’m stretching my comfort zone with Quiet Connections

I was bullied at school and had no one. I felt so anxious that I started refusing to go to School. I even suffered with psychosis for a while. My Mum tried to support me as best she could, but didn’t know how to. But my doctor contacted the school which lead to me being educated at Education…