Have you heard of selective mutism?

I grew up believing I was shy and quiet. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t know how to be anything else – because no matter how hard I tried, there were often situations I would find myself in where I was unable to say a word. I had a head full of questions, opinions […]

When you’ve had enough of being ‘the quiet one’

When I was sixteen I had had enough. I felt like I was trapped inside of my personality – and I was sick of being quiet. For as long as I could remember, I had struggled to fit in. Everywhere I went, I longed to be able to say more, to stand out more, to […]

Is it possible to grow out of selective mutism?

When I was young I had no idea that Selective Mutism existed. I assumed I was ‘just shy’ and I also assumed that one day I would simply grow out of my shyness, and find it easy to share my voice with others just like everybody else. I dreamed of the day I would cross […]

Being vulnerable – the most rewarding and most difficult thing we can ever do

According to Brene Brown, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.” Apparently to be vulnerable takes great strength and is strewn with rewards. To be vulnerable does not make us weak like many people believe – it is instead the […]

Quiet and proud – making peace with selective mutism

For a long time I felt like the word ‘quiet’ haunted me. Everywhere I went – no matter who I met, or how far I ran – the adjective would be there, waiting for me. I never knew when it might pounce … sometimes I would think I had escaped, but ultimately it would find […]

Three healthy ways to approach anxiety

Anxiety has been a bit of a theme in my blog this week … I have explored what causes anxiety and three unhealthy ways some of us avoid anxiety. To wrap it up, I figured it makes sense to find some¬†healthy ways of approaching anxiety. I was thinking about this last night, and I found […]

Three unhealthy strategies you might be using to avoid anxiety

Following Monday’s post about what causes anxiety, I have been reflecting a little bit and looking at my own behaviour patterns and the way that they probably contribute to creating further anxiety. I have been able to understand lately that anxiety is a perfectly normal part of life; it is something that we all need […]

Making sense of anxiety

Last week I read a wonderful article over at Hey Sigmund, called ‘Anxiety in Kids: How to turn it around and protect them for Life’. It has only been a few months now that I have really been able to admit to myself that I suffer from anxiety – before that I mostly denied my […]