Through The Honest Consumer, I try to be open about my struggles with anxiety in hopes that it will encourage others that it is okay not to be okay. Anxiety has effected me in my everyday life as a student, entrepreneur, regular person, business owner, and more. It's okay to share the struggle and to talk about mental health. If you're struggling, I hope you find these reassuring that you're not alone!
Last night I pushed myself to get out of the house and attend a social event. I’d met a few of the people before, but didn’t know them well. It was a casual social + dinner event, but I felt like I was struggling to find things in common and relate. After those four hours I was anxious, my lips were chapped, the hang nails on my fingers were picked, and I was exhausted. I felt like I’d just run a marathon….but no it was just a simple social interaction. And it didn’t end there. That night I laid in my bed replaying conversations in my head…Could I have contributed to the conversation more? Why did I say that? Did I sound dumb? They probably think I’m a failure. Instead I tried to remind myself, you did it. You went. You survived. But the anxious thoughts kept winning.
I absolutely adore the holidays, don't get me wrong, but they tend to take a lot out of me. If you're like me, you've already started mentally preparing. For me, I start by thinking about the questions your family members are going to ask.
Dear Optimist, Your "look on the bright side" attitude is great for you, but not for me. I need to be in this moment and acknowledge my feelings, not be ashamed of them.
There's too many people in a confined space. People I don't know. It's loud to the point where I can't hear a word the person next to me is saying. Alone in a room full of people...cliche, but reality.
Last week my university flew me to a conference to further my knowledge on social innovation for The Honest Consumer. I had so much fun! I learned a lot and met many inspirational change makers. While I had an excellent time I definitely had to fight through some anxiety while I was there. In the morning walking into the conference room with endless tables and picking a seat made me anxious.
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