The Problem with Winter Isolation

I’ve got a running theme about being alone and getting out of the house, lately, and this post will be no different. When I was explaining to Shane my ideas for the last post, he reminded me of this video where the guy stayed in his apartment with absolutely zero human contact. It’s called The Loneliness Project, and it’s actually a “campaign to end loneliness” about giving older people friendship and helping them to not feel isolated. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s very eye-opening and a bit shocking, and honestly, it feels a bit extreme. I mean, who honestly stays in their house with no contact with the outside world; not even a cell phone?

Truthfully, a lot of people. Whether they don’t have a phone, or are just not looking at theirs, it can get so so easy to let yourself start hiding, and then not want to come out of it. Especially for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s not that you want to feel isolated; you just can’t physically make yourself get out of bed, much less out of the house. Continue reading “The Problem with Winter Isolation”

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Things People with Anxiety Should Do Alone

If you suffer from anxiety, you know how easy it is to just let others dictate the day/outings/etc. You want to please others because you want to make sure they want to hang out with you still. Well, first, let me just tell you, they’ll still love you and want to be around you even if you choose an activity or restaurant that they hadn’t initially thought of. Second, sometimes it’s important to do things alone so you don’t feel the burden of worrying about everyone else’s immediate happiness, sometimes at the sacrifice of your own.  Continue reading “Things People with Anxiety Should Do Alone”

I’m An Introvert, But I’m Not Shy

I feel like, when people talk about being introverted, people assume they’re saying they’re shy. Generally it’s the girl with a hoodie and glasses on, reading a book in the corner, hiding from people. She doesn’t like to interact with others and is the quiet one in class who never says anything.

That, my friends, is one version of introversion, but I’m here to tell you that there are a whole lot of us that are the opposite. Continue reading “I’m An Introvert, But I’m Not Shy”

5 Ways I Deal with My Anxiety

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder seven years ago. I had my first boyfriend, I was a freshman in college, and my mother was going through her first round of cancer. Plus, anxiety and mental illness runs in my family. Unsurprisingly, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States with a whopping 18% of the adult population being diagnosed.

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