Guys. First of all, a HUGE thank you to all of the people who have read, commented, and reached out over the last couple of days (and to the people who've been reading from the beginning. Y'all are the best). I hope you're finding things here that resonate with you and/or are helpful. Secondly, a … Continue reading Some things you can look forward to
For my entire life, I've kept forgetting one really important thing: people who love you keep showing up. And if they can't, they make sure you know why instead of just ghosting on you. Let me back up. This weekend, the dude and I had a little housewarming shindig. We've been living together for over … Continue reading On being in the moment
One of the biggest struggles I've had with this whole anxiety thing is figuring out how to handle it at work. While this is tough for everyone, my job as a teacher has some very specific challenges that make dealing with anxiety really difficult. It's my responsibility to manage and guide the behavior or 30-some … Continue reading Working while anxious
I had my last session of therapy on Thursday, and it was... awesome. We spent a lot of the time talking about what the process was like, what I've learned, and what worked and didn't work. We ended the session with a hug, and then I left. I thought that I'd be scared to end, … Continue reading Ending therapy
As we're wound down our work together, my therapist and I talked about this whole process and what it's been like(separate post on ending therapy is forthcoming). She brought up the fact that I've been very proactive about it, calling my approach to anxiety "methodical". I started laughing when she said that because yes, I absolutely … Continue reading You do you, buddy.
I know this is a departure from an anxiety-focused entry, but I've been finding myself ruminating about this for the past few days and it's just too important not to talk about. There are some tie-ins to mental health issues like stigma and trauma, but I feel like I need to warn you if you're sensitive … Continue reading Stigma, rape culture, and the stanford swimmer
So, I have kind of a big announcement. Next week is my last therapy session. It is crazy to me that this is where I am. For so long, especially when I first started, I didn't see myself ever stopping. Therapy is just so awesome; I've never experienced anything like it and it was helpful … Continue reading The end, the beginning