how to deal with anxiety

As I am writing this now, I couldn't be more confident. I never thought I'd arrive at this stage because all my life, I suffered with crippling social anxiety. To overcome it, was something I'd always wished for but never thought I'd be able to. I am surprised that recently, people tell me that I seem bubbly and perky. That was never me in the past.
I don't know whether any of you guys are in the same boat, or have been, but I just wanted to try and share with you how I got myself out of that stressed and anxious state, and how I now just take each day as it comes with positivity and motivation!
On February 21 the site I run,, hosted Control: a panel chat featuring Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes, Damaris
Fear and Loathing. Why are these two words relevant to mental illness? Well, I'll put forward the argument that the two co-exist in the world of mental health. And sadly, each feeds the other.
Anxiety latched onto me in 2009 when I was going through a time that I want to forget. She started as a tight feeling; those butterflies that are not from excitement but from fear. I didn't want to leave home; I only felt secure and safe when I was in my own nest.
I believe that opening up about our painful experiences can help everyone. It's helpful to us, because we get to share our troubles with others... The more of us there are that understand how anxiety feels, the better we can all handle it in ourselves and others.
I was seventeen when my brother and best friend, Simon threw himself from the top of the local multi-storey car park. He was nineteen and happily, he survived on that occasion. It would be another thirteen years before he finally succeeded and took his own life at thirty two.
Your heart is beating, your palms are sweaty and you feel like you might just be sick. You might be about to give a big presentation, take your driving test or walk down the aisle. Or you may be on your commute to work, going into a busy place or simply crossing the road.
A new American study, by researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has now found that two sessions combining meditation and aerobic exercise per week for two months can reduce the symptoms of depression by 40 per cent.
As today is Time to Talk Day, I thought I would describe my own particular neurosis, and how living with it can be infuriating.