Anxiety Stories – Normalizing Anxiety in Today’s World

I started Anxiety Stories after I read Brene’ Brown’s book ‘Daring Greatly’. In the book, Brown talks extensively about shame, which is something I think many people who suffer from anxiety feel – as well as feeling alone.

We all know there is a mental health stigma in today’s society. So how can we remove that stigma? By removing people’s shame, and let them know they’re not alone.

Anxiety is a lot more common than people realize – I know this from all the comments and DMs I get whenever I get vulnerable about my anxiety experiences. Yet still, the stigma!

My hope with Anxiety Stories is that we can normalize anxiety by showing people’s stories from all walks of life. I ask that each person who conducts an interview be willing to be a little bit vulnerable, and each person who reads these interviews holds the interviewee in a loving space, knowing they’ve put themselves out there for a good cause.

The series has been featured in Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, and will be included in a roundup for Buzzfeed in the near future.

To read more about the series, check out an interview I did on it here.

I hope you enjoy the series.

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Interested in being interviewed? Here are some things to note:

  • You may wish to remain anonymous
  • If you’re a blogger, I will post a short bio about you along with links back to your blog and social media accounts
  • I would prefer all the questions be answered so the formats between each interview can be consistent. If there are 1-2 questions you aren’t comfortable answering, please talk with me first

Here are the questions I’ll ask in each interview:

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What types of things do you enjoy doing?
  • What does the anxiety you experience look like (obsessive thoughts, extreme worry, intrusive thoughts, anxiety disorder, etc)?
  • Do you see a therapist/psychologist?
  • Do you take medication for the anxiety?
  • How long have you been dealing with anxiety?
  • What are some triggers for the anxiety you experience?
  • Have you ever dealt with the dreaded anxiety spiral?
  • Do you experience panic attacks?
  • What are some things you do while you’re having a panic attack or are in an anxiety spiral to help pull yourself out of it?
  • What are some preventative measures that you take to help prevent the anxiety you experience?
  • What are some of your favorite anxiety resources (websites, books, etc) that other people could reference if they’re struggling as well?
  • Why do you think the mental health stigma exists? Why are people afraid to talk about their mental illness?

Here are some guidelines:

  • The Mindful Mom Blographer reserves the right to make any edits
  • Posts must be 100% original content and not published anywhere else
  • If you’re a blogger: If you’re comfortable with it, a landing post on your blog with a link to the post on my blog is strongly encouraged
  • If you’re a blogger: If you’re comfortable with it, in addition to a landing post on your blog, promoting the post on social media is strongly encouraged
  • The tone must be conversational
  • The interview responses should reflect your personality even if you choose to remain anonymous
  • I will create social media graphics and provide photos for the blog if needed. If you have original photos you would like to include, please let me know
  • No affiliate links

Please email me at Laura{at}themindfulmomblographer{dot}com if you’re interested, and include a little bit about yourself, 1-2 sentences about your anxiety ‘story’, and anything else you think would be relevant!

Thank you for your consideration!

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