Story time! First job, overcoming anxiety, and youtube!
I recently got my first job at Kroger after a long battle with social anxiety and agoraphobia. I'm a part time courtesy clerk (person who bags and gets carts) and it's a job I can actually do! I'm fast and precise, plus I don't have as much obligation to talk to customers like a cashier. For years I have struggled with getting out of the house and making conversations with strangers, even keeping friends. I even had to be homeschooled my senior year of high school because panic attacks were happening daily. This has been a huge step in my recovery. I feel like this is the begining of a slow transition to normalcy.
I have made a friend on SAS who has coached me through life events recently. He has struggled with social anxiety for much longer than I have and has worked so hard to overcome it. He's messaged me for a few months, giving me tips on situations and motivating me to work on getting better. It has helped tremendously! He makes youtube videos sharing stories and stratagies on how to cope with anxieties and they really help. It makes me want to make a youtube to share my expiriences and help others. If I did, would any of you watch it?
Thanks for reading! If any of you have any stories of small steps you've made for recovery, please do share! I'd love to read them. We can get better! Maybe not perfect, but definitely better!