by Dr. Aziz Gazipura One way to coach yourself is to consciously practice giving yourself support, encouragement, and praise—S.E.P.—frequently throughout the day. The self-critical propaganda campaign is running on multiple fronts throughout the day and night. For the S.E.P. campaign to take hold, we must actively remind ourselves about The Continue Reading
One of my go-to movies, you know – the feel good kind, is The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. If you haven’t seen it, Walter is a deeply moving character who lives the life of a wallflower. He is a wallflower both personally and in his job as photo developer at Continue Reading
I had the good fortune a few months back of being able to attend a screening of the Indie Flix movie called Angst. It focuses on children with anxiety of all kinds, and what a day in their shoes feels like. It’s a documentary featuring a wide range of brave Continue Reading
Socializing is not what most moms with social anxiety would call their top priority. But, there are times when they know it’s necessary – necessary for their kids, necessary for their significant others, and necessary for their own mental health. These are the times effective coping with social anxiety must Continue Reading
People like me, who have high social anxiety may feel like they are being watched and being judged, even though they know that’s not the case. They are typical SAD’ers.
I’m posting again after avoiding my blog for nearly five months. I can say my other freelance writing work got in the way. I can blame it on my family obligations, too. But, the truth is I freaked out, and practiced some major avoidance. Blogging can be a scary thing, Continue Reading
In this latest instance, it was two mothers who nearly cornered me in the pool and proceeded to excitedly chit chat for the next ten minutes with me about everyday things like sunblock, water toys, and the fiscally predatory nature of our local Target store.
As soon as the words “Mommy can we stay and play at the playground,” a cold dread hits my chest.