name is Kriss, or Christine! I'm an Irish makeup artist, beauty
vlogger and beauty blogger!
- Hi Kriss! Can you tell
me a bit about yourself?
Awesome! What do you blog about?
That's great, I guess to keep up with blogging, vlogging and even your job, you'll need to be constantly inspired! What inspires you in life?
What keeps you motivated?
That's awesome, I love quotes and I'm Pinterest obsessed! What is your proudest achievement either in life or the blogging world?
That's an incredible achievement! Now I understand you suffer from anxiety, which must be difficult to control with everything you've got going on! Can you tell me what your experience is with anxiety?
How has it changed your life?
How are you coping with it?
Do you feel like the media are doing enough to help people who suffer from anxiety?
Thank you, Kriss, I really appreciate that! What are your top tips for anyone living with anxiety?
The quote/idea that helps me challenge mey anxiety is "Make the leap and build your wings as you fall." In other words, do it now and think later! Without thinking, ask that question, sign up for that class, go to that party! The first time I found myself using this idea was when I signed up for a group. I knew this group would be beneficial for my future career but I would be signing up alone. I was going through a really rough time in my life, and I came to the point where I just held my hands up and said "Ok life, let's do this - whats the worst that can happen!" It was so unlike me and I was so proud of myself for finally taking a stand against my own anxiety. I signed up and reminded myself that no matter what happened next, I would survive. I was still nervous and self conscious, but as I got through it, I relaxed and found that it was easier than I thought, and well worth it.
Now in everyday life I try to go for little things without thinking. I had to work myself up recently to walk into a room to ask someone something. I was getting very stressed out, and had to calm myself and remind myself that there was nothing to be afraid of. I eventually stood outside the door and said to myself "1,2,3!" and gave all the power of the decision to my body - my arm reached up and my hand opened the door, without giving my brain a chance to butt in and ruin it with overthinking! Before I knew it, it was all over and I could see how silly I was being before. I use this "1,2,3!" in my head all the time and let me mouth speak whatever I want to say, or my feet take me wherever I want to go without letting that silly voice in my head take over. Sometimes this in itself is a little difficult so I just take things one step at a time. That might be just focussing on walking myself to the door, then just on opening the door, then on walking inside etc etc.
Besides these practical tips, having someone you can talk about it to definitely helps. Sometimes just being able to say things out loud is a huge relief.
I think that it is also important to remember that you are not strange for feeling the way you do. You are not alone, you are not awkward, you are not weird. You are human...and as a human you have the power to persevere through this anxiety you feel, and to conquer it. So accept that this is ok, but do not accept this as what you are stuck with.
Thank you so much, Kriss for your inspiring and honest answers! I really enjoyed interviewing you and I'm sure every reader will appreciate your words of wisdom and experiences you've been through and realise anxiety isn't just a "one off" but a constant battle, but together I'm sure we'll all be able to change and improve the way we deal with anxiety in the future!
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