Robert’s Blog- Social Anxiety

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Wow it’s been such a busy time for me! I’ve started studying for the leaving cert already!

Sorry its been a while. I will try and be quicker with my blogs!

I want to talk about something that has been a personal struggle for me. It’s sad for me to say that what I am about to about has my affected most of my teenage life, for the worse. That something, is called anxiety. But I’m not talking about anxiety where you get anxious over an important test or if you have to make a speech. I’m talking about anxiety that consumes you, anxiety that swallows you whole.

What I’m talking about is severe irrational general anxiety (There’s social anxiety too but that’s for another blog). For the past three years I have had to deal with severe anxiety problems. I felt nervous going to piano lessons, and piano is something that I adore. I was afraid I would mess up and I was afraid my piano teacher would give out to me. I would wait in the office area and my whole body would feel tight. My heartbeat was faster than normal and I was always feeling tired.

Going to school was a problem too. I would always feel anxious on the bus. I kept having thoughts about things like What if the bus passes my stop… I was especially anxious when the bus was crowded with girls. I was afraid that I would somehow embarrass myself in front of the girls and even other people who were sitting down. Speaking of busses, I always felt uncomfortable when a bus used to passed me by, as something inside me was saying Everyone is looking at you. Continue reading “Robert’s Blog- Social Anxiety”

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Say hello to our new Blogger….

I want to introduce you to Robert one of our new Unwind Your Mind Bloggers. You’ll be hearing a lot more from him and other young people over the next while. So I’ll leave it to Robert to take it from here…

So here we go. My first blog and I don’t know where to start! I guess I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Robert, 17 years of age and a guy who has ten years of piano playing behind him. I’m fairly indoorsy although I do go out with friends. I have become a blogger for unwindyourmind so I can share with you my thoughts, feelings and experiences of what it is to be a teenager and why you need to look after your mental health. Before I talk about mental health issues let me just say this fact of life…It’s not only ok to be different, it’s great to be different. The world would be a very boring place if we all had the same interests! Me for example, I like politics. It’s something that I may want to get into when I’m older. I also like reading non-fiction books from time to time. So I’m different. I like social issues and current affairs. That means I’ll also be talking about how the government has failed in the mental health area.

Music? I love it. From classical to country to rock music is something that keeps me going. Films? Well I did say I’m different. I’m not the type of person who watches  movies for the horror, the gore and the raunchy sex scenes. I like documentary films (Michael Moore’s especially, go check his films out!). And I like genuinely good well made films too like The Shawshank Redemption.

So this first blog might be a little short. But I promise I will have a lot to talk about in the future. See you soon!

Robert