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SAN FRANCISCO May 16, 2020 Most of us around the world are sticking close to home, facing uncertainty in our jobs, families, and health. Beautiful Voyager is here to help with stress management. Created and dedicated to overthinkers, the site is filled with personal stories, expert guides, and experiments for dealing with anxiety. Look around to find an ideas that may help you feel just a little better today. Meredith

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I wanted to help others (and myself).

I struggled with anxiety my whole life and didn’t even know it. I thought that everyday life was meant to be this hard and that I needed to keep pushing through like everyone else. Last year, I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It changed everything.

I now understand why I worried about every little thing all the time. Why I would have anxiety attacks over seemingly nothing. Why my body was exhibiting strange and difficult symptoms that slowly beat me down each and every single day.

Once I was able to understand GAD, I began to explain to friends and family why I was the way that I was. Almost everyone was shocked as I had hidden it well beneath an extroverted personality and confident manner.

When I tried to find a support forum or a site that I could relate to and help me with GAD, I came up with practically nothing (except Beautiful Voyager). Anxiety awareness seemed to be buried beneath many other serious mental disorders and issues. I think this is due to the stigma that people with anxiety were merely irrationally dramatic worriers. What they don’t know is it’s actually a physical response to dangers that is seen everywhere by our mind and body. We cannot control it.

This is the reason why I decided to start my blog. Firstly, I wanted to challenge this stigma and educate everyone on what anxiety disorders really are. Secondly, I wanted to share my experiences in the hopes that it can help people. And thirdly, I wanted to create a community of informed individuals to share awareness and help those suffering in silence.

Whether you are struggling yourself, or perhaps you have a friend or family member with this disorder, I can share with you my experiences and knowledge to help you through this as best as I can.

You are not alone.

Love always, Anxious Butterfly

Helpful Links:

Headspace: www.headspace.org.au
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
R U OK: www.ruok.org.au

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Have a lovely day,

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Helen rogers

I love your raw honesty