When I saw the Natalie Dee comic heading, I knew I’d probably like The Other Courtney’s post; Anxiety Girl has been a secret old favorite of mine since Joanna Goddard first posted it on her blog. :) Goddard has similarly written about anxiety and worry, first on Glamour’s blog Smitten and then on A Cup of Jo, and her thoughts were likewise insightful and her recommendations encouraging and gently funny. It’s always a comfort to know you’re not alone in the vortex of thoughts that can feel isolating. (illustration at right: Garance Doré)

The Other Courtney

Irrational fears are something I spent a good portion of my time in therapy talking about. After a few months and several hundred dollars, my irrational fears no longer caused panic attacks and I was even able to laugh at them! Sometimes I catch myself slipping into my old way of thinking, which is to worry about every little thing. I have often wondered what life would be like if I didn’t worry so much. I know there are people who just don’t care what others think about them or what tomorrow holds, but I can’t fathom what that would feel like. I have been known to even worry about whether or not I’m going to be worried about something! It’s just part of who I am. 

The most important thing I learned in counseling, regarding anxiety, was the skill of observing my own thoughts without judgment. Ken (my phenomenal therapist) would…

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