Updated: Nov 6, 2018
Hello and thank you for visiting my very first blog post! I have decided to create a series called "...with anxiety". Each week I will be writing about a new topic. I would love your input on these, please send me any ideas here.
This post is simply about blogging, why I've chosen to do it, what I hope to achieve and what you can expect from my new website.
I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder in 2011. I have many childhood memories dating back way before this, of making up situations and worrying about them and of thinking everything was about to go wrong. I have decided to blog about the things I have learnt along the way. Obviously, I am nervous about how this might be received by those who come and see my website, but I am hoping I will have a positive reception and may even be able to help some site visitors.
What is Generalised anxiety disorder?
According to the NHS "GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue." - read more here.
What makes me want to talk about anxiety?
Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problems. The most recent one was in 2016. People with generalised anxiety disorder made up 5.9% of the population, and 7.8% of people suffered from mixed anxiety and depression. Meaning, 3,870,400 people had generalised anxiety disorder - that's a lot! As I am aware this is a relevant topic for many people, I thought - "why not write about anxiety?" after all, I would be shocked to meet a person who didn't have a family member or friend who struggles with anxiety.
The main reason I have decided to talk about anxiety is to do my little bit of work removing the stigma attached to having a mental health condition. I strongly believe the more that people speak about mental health, the more accepted it will be. I used to be terrified of people finding out about my anxiety - but now I just want people to ask me questions, to try and understand and to speak about it in their own peer/family groups.
What is this website for?
A World of Calm is a project aimed at doing a few things:
1) Blogging about anxiety - The "...with anxiety" series will feature titles such as "Working...with anxiety", "Studying...with anxiety", "Dating...with anxiety".
2) Creating a calm space - I hope to provide a website that makes people feel calm when they come and look at it, and to provide online resources of places made to make you feel relaxed. Here is "Rain For Me", a website that delivers the sound of rain! Give it a go and let me know what you think? Was it relaxing for you?
3) Offering tips - I have NO medical qualifications. My only experience of anxiety is living with it every single day (I'd call myself quite an expert!), but please go and see a medical professional if you feel you need help with feelings of anxiousness. Now that is said and done, I will be offering tips of what I think can help people in dealing with anxiety.
5) Reviewing products - I will be taking products that are made to "de-stress" and reviewing them! If you have anything you'd like me to try out, please do get in touch here.
4) Creating a community - my biggest goal is to get people talking together about anxiety - so, if you've got anything you'd like to share, please don't be shy. You can comment on this blog post below.
Who is this website for?
You - Thank you for coming to have a read... this website is for you.