The "permission to hermit" of this pandemic appeals to my social anxiety and introversion.
SPEAK MOSTLY TO JULIE AND SEAN SLOW. BREATHE. CHILL. EVERYONE GETS NERVOUS. DO THIS FOR JULIE. MIC FOLLOWS MOUTH.
It's time for me to shift from the "WTF IS EVEN HAPPENING" stage to the "Okay, let's do our best" stage.
I feel like so much has been written about the situation already that I don't necessarily want to add to the storm cloud, but at the same time, I feel like I can't not mention something that is having such a significant impact globally and in our micro-level day to day lives. So what I will write from the perspective of someone with anxiety who is also a nerd about learning about anxiety.
It wasn't until I was in my late 20s that I even learned there was condition known as social anxiety disorder. As for "depression," it was a term I was vaguely aware of, but I assumed it was the kind of thing that happened to other people, and that I was far too resilient for such things.
I want to help people feel less alone. I want to shed light on a very quiet condition -- because how many people with social anxiety feel ready to share? I'm finally there, and I feel like it's my duty and my privilege to share the journey.
I did a brave. I talked on camera. And recorded it. And I'm sharing it with you here.
The kids have an after-bath time ritual where they shout, "Everybody! Hide in your shell!" and then crouch into a little ball on the floor with their towels on top of them (as shells).
I'm just going to come right out and say it.
I did a post on Instagram last week where I shared a list of 6 insecurities/struggles I experience. It seemed to resonate with a few people, so I thought I would expand on it here.