Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Contact Lenses to reduce anxiety?

Hey I've bought contact lenses online, found this place, they had great promotions so I got them there, this is my first time buying something over the Internet. So I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this: I have been wearing contacts for a few months now and I feel a lot more layed back, relaxed, outgoing, funny and creative etc...

I've always noticed that when I wore glasses I felt more anxious, tend to over think things, and just generally feel... different... it is sort of hard to explain, maybe it was because of the thought of being laughed at when I was in school. I remember other kids laughing at me because of my glasses, I guess they gave me a funny look.

I mean it’s not THAT bad but I like the way I think and feel more wearing contact lenses than with glasses.

Anyways if anyone else experiences this or any other type of situation that bring up anxiety symptoms please share them.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Some Changes to my Social Anxiety Blog

Hey, I did some changes to my social anxiety blog. I'm still looking for a job, so I have some free time and thought of doing some changes, which I enjoyed very much. Let me know what you think. I changed mainly the header and some border colors.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Social Anxiety Blog: Here I come again!

After a few months away from my Social Anxiety Blog I decided it was the time to come back again. Well... there are a few reasons to be honest:

1. I have lost my job of 2 years, which has open up the door to some anxiety symptoms.
2. I decided to live with my great love of 1 year, we have been living together for 3 months now... It has its good and bad things.

I have been looking for a job for 2 weeks now and I’m getting very anxious, though I have some savings that will let me live for a few months, I don’t want to be without a job for a long period of time, that would mess up my dreams of saving money to buy a piece of land to build up a house with my spouse in the future, that has been our dream and we were thinking about doing it by the end of 2008. Some other things you start thinking about are things like: I’m going to loose my independency, I’m going to have to live at my parents house again, etc.

On the other side as I mentioned I have a relationship of 1 year now, my spouse doesn’t know yet about my social anxiety. I have thought that it’s not the right time to do it, even though I will some time in the future, I just think that I want to be seeing as some one who is normal and not “sick”. Any ways living together has brought some difficulties, it’s a total different world, it has advantages and disadvantages, and it’s not that I regret it, it’s just that it adds up to this situation of being without a job.

I continue having a healthy lifestyle, keep going to my therapist, continue taking Paxil which has really help me. But it's not just the drug itself, because I’m convinced that the medicine by itself doesn’t help at all, it’s just part of the approach to help myself overcome social anxiety.

Tell me about you, have you been through situations like these, what have you done?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Social Anxiety Can Go AWAY... Would you believe me?

Landscape: Meditation for AnxietyMy Search for Happiness!

What I mean when I say I believe social anxiety can go away, is that its symptoms can be reduce to just a minor feeling… not disappearing my social anxiety, I’m still a social anxious guy, just that I’m learning to build my life around it and to live with it.

I have got myself to a point where I can have a functional life, reducing social anxiety symptoms to its minimum expression. That has helped me build up myself confidence again.

And be careful... again, I’m not saying I’m not a social anxious person, I’m very aware of what is going on with my life right now. What I’m saying is that I have a much better quality and functional life, let me explain what I mean:

I have a healthy lifestyle, I exercise, eat healthy, I go to a therapist every week, I have a job with computers which doesn’t requires of much contact with people, I found a person to share my life with, I’m building a much better and healthier relationship with my family, I have my own place, I can take care of it and pay my bills, I’m also starting to build relationships with people I feel comfortable with, and two important things I have incorporated to my life lately: I’m taking Paxil which has helped me reduced the physical symptoms of anxiety and I am becoming a more spiritual person (I mean a connection with some kind of good force, good energy, universe, god, Buddha, what ever you want to call it) that gives me strength and hope in difficult times.

I wanted to share my own testimony for those of you out there without hope. Yes it’s possible to have a GOOD LIFE, even though we have social difficulties, we just need to find our own way. There’s no magical formula or medicine, you just have to find your own, accept you are socially anxious, don’t fight it and build your life around it: Find a job for a socially anxious person, study some technical stuff or career that fits your personality, make friends with people you feel comfortable with, try to get into a healthy lifestyle, build good relationships with your family, if you need medicine take it with the guide of a doctor not every drug is suitable for everybody, build a spiritual life (yoga, meditation, Buda, God, what ever). You don´t have to do all that, those are only tips for you to try, what ever works better for you, but do it.

Common on, find and maintain your search for happiness, you deserve it!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Jewel's Social Anxiety Video

I'd stumble upon a great video that took a good laugh out of myself. Jewel the famous singer, songwriter, poet, actress and painter is on this funny social anxiety video.

Jewel is a three-time Grammy nominee, hailed by The Times of London as the most sparkling female singer-songwriter since Joni Mitchell, nevertheless remains a unique and authentic artist, exploring fresh musical avenues for more than a decade that have taken her from the simplicity of acoustic-driven folk to the embrace of rock, pop, country, blues, jazz and classical influences.

Check the video is really funny. Enjoy, let's have a laugh together...