Anxiety and alcohol often go hand in hand. Anxiety can be difficult to talk about, yet many of us carry the weight of it. Claire was kind enough to share some of her story of this very topic below. I’ve had the pleasure of following her story since the early days of my own journey with giving up alcohol. She has always been a kind and supportive presence in the online recovery space, always ready to cheer someone on, encourage a bit of laughter or offer a listening ear. She may live miles across the pond, and we may have yet to meet, but I will always consider Claire a friend. - Tracie
Not many people really know about my struggles with anxiety because I’ve always found it difficult to talk about. In fact, I’ve been embarrassed to talk about it a lot of the time. It’s only recently that I’ve realized how common anxiety disorders are. For years anxiety was ruling my life without me even knowing it.
When I think back I’ve always been anxious. The oldest memory I have of being anxious was when I started school at 5 years old. Unlike the other kids who were so excited to get to ‘real’ school, I was clinging onto the railings for dear life begging my mum not to send me. I was worried about daft things but in the mind of a 5 year old these were mega! Where would I put my bag? What if I couldn’t find the toilets? What if I couldn’t find where I go for my dinner? What if the other kids didn’t talk to me? I was absolutely petrified. Nobody knew what anxiety was back then and my thought process pretty much stayed the same throughout my life. When I started brownies I was the same and only lasted about 6 weeks because I ‘didn’t enjoy it’. Now I know I was probably riddled with anxiety…Read More