A Great Day / Getting Better

Hello everybody! Today I’d like to talk about something wonderful that happened over the weekend. I’d also like to touch upon the importance of connecting with others who struggle with the same (or similar) issues as yourself.

Let me start out at the beginning. I attended church with my mom Sunday morning (something that I’ve been able to do more and more as I make progress in getting through my anxiety). My mom had told me how a friend of hers struggles with anxiety and how the week before (when I didn’t attend church), they had talked briefly about the subject. I had never seen the woman when I attended church before but lo and behold, I did on Sunday. We got to talking and while our anxiety does differ slightly, we found that we have a lot of things in common. She had a lot of advice to give and she was very kind. We exchanged phone numbers and told each other to stay in touch.

It meant a lot to me to meet someone face to face who struggles with anxiety; for her to understand what I go through and to be genuinely concerned for my well being. This woman could truly sympathize with my pain and relate to what I go through. Also, I do sometimes struggle to make my mother understand my anxiety and I honestly think that having a friend that goes through it might make it more comprehendible to her. That might be a sad truth, but there it is.

Something that meant an even greater deal to me was that this woman offered to give me her number; to be there for me in my darkest of times. Not everyone in this world is that kind and it meant the world to me to know I have another ally.

After church, I headed to a relative’s house for a while. After having a great time, which was for the most part anxiety-free, I headed out with my mom to a store. At first, I didn’t plan on going in, but then I did! While I admit that I did feel nervous and towards the end needed time leaving the store, I did a great job! The fact that I went in at all and didn’t leave before my mom was ready to alone means that I made a great deal of progress! I was so proud of myself and even my mom thought I did a great job (though in all truthfulness, she did get annoyed when I couldn’t leave the store right away and had to relax first).

As you can see, I had a wonderful day! While I did struggle at times, I did better than I have in a long time and was able to do things that I haven’t felt confident enough to do in quite a while. It doesn’t matter if my mom got slightly annoyed with me or if I didn’t do everything perfectly well. What matters is that I made progress and that I know deep down what a great accomplishment that truly was!

Working hard on a consistent basis to face your fears really does bring success! Please don’t allow others to strip away your confidence or pride in your accomplishments. Also, don’t be afraid to open up about your anxiety to those you trust and make new friends and allies along the way!

Have a great week and be proud of your accomplishments!

-B.

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I Did It!

Hey everybody! Today I’d like to share some exciting news with you!

I used to love shopping – seriously. However, once my anxiety began hitting hard, it became more and more difficult to go out, especially for long periods of time. While I know I’ve made significant progress over the years, I still have a long way to go.

In terms of shopping, there is really only one place where I feel somewhat comfortable, and even there I struggle with walking around without getting anxious. It’s hard for me to focus on simply looking at things and enjoying myself while I’m worrying so much and I tend to get shaky and have to sit down. However, I will say that in general, I do pretty well there.

Today I did something amazing. My dad and I went out to buy some gifts for the holidays and when he asked if I’d like to try to go in, I said yes. I asked that we use a cart so I could hold on and he said alright. While I did hold onto the cart while we walked around, I stayed in the store the whole time and did great! I held onto my dad’s arm while we left the store because I felt a bit shaky, but I’m extremely proud of myself! There would have been a time when I would have either not tried going in the store at all or would have had to leave the store before we were finished shopping. Today I stayed inside the whole time, helped with finding everything, and didn’t get overly anxious. I can’t tell you how good that felt!

The point of this story is that even though it may seem like you’ll never get through your anxiety or over your obstacles, you can and will if you work hard on a consistent basis. There was a time when I wouldn’t have thought I could go shopping like I did today; when I didn’t think I could possibly stay the whole time, walk around, and leave without getting uncontrollably anxious – but I did! If I never would have gone in today and tried, I never would have seen how well I could have done!

So if you struggle with anxiety or some other issue, don’t feel like you’ll never overcome these obstacles. As long as you work hard and never give up, you can and will continue to make progress!

I wish you all the best in overcoming your obstacles!

Taking Back the Holidays

Hi all! First and foremost, I hope that everyone who celebrated had a great Thanksgiving. I am happy to say that, I myself, had a wonderful holiday and felt very little anxiety! I am quite proud of my success!

I’d like to share some more good news with all of you! Yesterday an article I wrote was published on Harness Magazine’s website! The subject of the article dealt with taking back the fun of the holidays by not allowing anxiety to ruin a good day. If interested, I would love it if you took some time to check it out. You can find the article here. The article also includes some tips on getting through anxiety in general and during the holiday season.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

-B.

 

First Review for Inspiration Unbound!

Hey everybody! As a writer, it’s always nice to receive reviews from my readers and friends. Today I’d like to share the first review I received for me and Gary Ginsburg’s inspirational article and poetry collection, Inspiration Unbound. If you’re interested in purchasing your own copy, you can do so by visiting Amazon.com. Thank you! Special thanks goes to my good friend who wrote the following:

Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Motivational Read!
October 17, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
B.W. and Gary have put together an absolutely beautiful book. 25 short inspirational messages and poems that combine to deliver that perfect positive spark of motivation that so many of us need and search for. An excellent read, well worth the purchase!

 

Mental Health Illness Awareness Week

Hey everybody! Today I discovered that October 7th to October 13th is titled Mental Health Illness Awareness Week. While I consider anxiety more of an issue than an illness, I thought I would talk about it a bit in order to spread some awareness.

Instead of going into percentages and how common struggling with anxiety is, I’m going to take a more personal approach to discussing the issue. As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with anxiety for several years. While I’m not where I want to be yet in terms of progress, I have made a substantial amount, even if it may be hard for others and even myself, to recognize at times.

For those of you who struggle with anxiety, you know that it’s not an easy thing to deal with. Anxiety is often random, comes at inopportune times, and can make things that may have once seemed relatively easy seem extremely difficult. It’s tiring and it can weigh us down.

I’m going to admit something to all of you – I often get depressed that I still struggle so much. There are so many things that I used to love to do (going out, shopping, etc.) that I did without even thinking twice, that I hardly do at all now. However, certain things have gotten easier and that’s what I’d like to talk about next.

While it may seem impossible, with hard, consistent work, we can all get through our anxiety and over our obstacles. All of us. It might not happen overnight and it may even take years, but we will get through our struggles – we will. How do I know this? Because I’ve witnessed it first hand. As I mentioned in the above paragraph, certain things have become much easier for me since I started struggling with anxiety. Yes, the progress I’ve made has taken years, and while I do wish the process of getting better would have taken less time, I am so grateful that I have made the progress I have. Seriously, you have no idea how good it is to see how far I’ve come – even if I have much further to go.

It is important that everyone who struggles with anxiety or another mental health issue realize this – you are strong and capable of getting through your struggles. You are also strong enough to get over your obstacles. You just have to continue to try your hardest and never, ever give up. Things may take time – maybe even longer than you want them to take, but you need to hang in there. It’s worth it and so are you.

Another thing I want you all to know is that it doesn’t matter what others say when it comes to how much progress you’ve made or how long it’s taking. Some people may expect progress to be made overnight or they may constantly comment on how everything you struggle with should be resolved by now; that you should be over this by now. There is no time table for how long it takes when getting through something difficult. Each individual makes progress at different speeds. Just because you may not be where you want to yet does not mean you’re not trying.

Something else that I think is extremely important is that we all recognize the progress we’ve made. It’s easy to merely concentrate on all of the goals we haven’t accomplished and get lost in the negativity. We need to remember all of the amazing things we have accomplished and yes, even a ‘small’ step can be amazing.

As I mentioned earlier, I am so grateful and proud of myself for every step I’ve made in the right direction. You should be too! Please don’t dismiss any step forward as inconsequential. Every positive step matters! I really cannot say this enough.

So to all of you who are reading this, please know that you are not alone in your struggles. Please know that with hard, consistent effort, you can get through your anxiety and over any other obstacles you may have – no matter how difficult it may seem. Also, please don’t let yourself or others make you feel useless or as if you’re not getting better on time.

If anyone is reading this who knows someone struggling with anxiety or another mental health issue, please listen to what they have to say. Please don’t dismiss their feelings or make them feel lousy for what they go through. Also, please understand that anxiety is a real issue (as many others are) and that if someone is telling you that they struggle with it, they are most likely not making it up! I understand that some things in life are not easy to understand, but if you love someone who is struggling, please try your hardest to be supportive. Thank you!

Thinking Back

For those of us who struggle, we may often times find ourselves looking back. We may think about how we once did things with ease and now, those same actions seem difficult. While focusing on the past can have negative ramifications such as causing us to feel depressed or hopeless, there is a way to reflect on the past and use it to our benefit.

For starters, even when looking at what once came easily and may now seem difficult, we can turn the fact that we now struggle into something positive. How? We can realize that since we were once able to do that action with ease, we still can. We just have to work our hardest to accomplish that goal! That may not seem simple, but it is possible.

Additionally, thinking about the past can be a good thing. Many of us (even if it doesn’t always seem obvious) have made progress when it comes to facing our fears, getting through our anxiety, and overcoming our obstacles. Many of us have made tremendous strides in accomplishing our goals. By reflecting on the past, we can see just how far we’ve come. Perhaps we’re not exactly where we want to be, but the fact that we’ve made progress is extremely important.

So next time you find yourself focusing on the past in a negative light, try to remember all of the positive ways you can think about the past. Think about how far you’ve come and how with continued hard work, you can become even more successful!

Two Formats, One Haunting Book!

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Hey everybody! My new short story collection, Hell’s Radio, is now available in both Kindle and paperback formats. Simply visit Amazon.com or this link to check them out! I am super excited to share these stories with you and the awesome cover designed by my good friend, Lillith Adams! Lillith is super creative and talented and I couldn’t have asked for a cooler cover than the one she designed!

Once again, here is the breakdown of the three stories that can be found in my new fiction collection, Hell’s Radio:

Hell’s Radio: Terrance Manning is fourteen years old and on the road to disaster. He smokes, steals, starts fires, and even carries a gun. When he visits a garage sale and steals a clock radio, his existence changes forever.

Haunted Love: In this horrific parody, Sarah Night is fresh out of college and looking for a roommate. She…

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New Short Story Collection Coming Out This September!

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Hey everybody! First I’d like to apologize for not being on here for a little while. However, I have some great news! I have just finished writing a new short story collection that, after having a relative read it over one last time, I plan on publishing next month! I am so excited to be able to share these stories with you! The collection will include one horror story, one horror parody, and one fantasy story!

I am very proud of the collection I have put together and I hope that you will enjoy reading the stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them. As for when in September I think the collection will be published, I’m aiming for the middle of the month. The book will be published through Amazon Kindle Direct just like my other written work.

As the publishing process continues, I will definitely update you…

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Doing What You Didn’t Think You Could

We all have fears – whether they’re irrational or not. Something that I’ve always feared is swallowing pills. I’ve always been afraid that I’d choke. Therefore I’ve either taken chewable medication when I was younger, liquid forms, or pills that were crushable. However, recently I had to take something that wasn’t suggested it be crushed. At first I was told that it couldn’t be, but then I was told that it was just that it wasn’t suggested. In the end, I decided to cut the pills in half and swallow them – I was still scared.

I had to take two pills a day for a week. While perhaps some of you may think it got easier, it didn’t always feel that way. I was still nervous I would choke. But you know what? Every day I took those pills and in the end, everything worked out! I never skipped a day and nothing bad ever happened. I did really well and I’m so proud of myself! It just goes to show how important it is to have faith in ourselves and to go out of our comfort zones.

I’m not going to lie – I’m still going to ask if medication can be crushed in the future if I have to take something else. Still, I know now that I’m capable of swallowing pills and I’m confident that if I ever have to do it again, I can. It feels so good to know that! The saying really is true – we’re often much more capable of things than we think. We really need to start having more faith in ourselves.

I’m also proud of myself because, while the last few days for me have been difficult and I’ve had to do a lot of things that made me nervous, I’ve done pretty well. While I did struggle a little, I also got through things that I wasn’t sure I could. We all have the strength inside of ourselves to conquer our fears – we just have to constantly exercise facing them and remind ourselves of our true strength.

I hope that each and every one of you are doing well and please remember how strong you truly are. I know that getting through anxiety and overcoming other obstacles can be extremely difficult, but with time and consistent effort, you can accomplish your goals!

The Supporter Award!

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Hey everybody! Just the other day, I received some great news. Laura Beth from Hot Shot Headlines stated that I was one of her biggest supporters! Thank you, Laura! You are awesome! I think by here stating this it means that I’m nominated for the award, so I’m going to participate. Sorry if I didn’t understand this correctly!

The Rules:

Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link back to their post.
Answer the 4 “First” questions.
Come up with 4 new “First” questions or just use the same ones from your nomination.
Nominate your first follower who is still active and interacting with you.
Nominate up to 4 other bloggers
Make sure to link back to the original post by The book prescription so I can see all your answers!
Feel free to add the badge to your blog

The 4 First Questions:
1- First memory of a story.
I know I loved a Barney musical book and the Cam Jansen mystery serious when I was younger.
2- First book you bought with your own money.
I’m not sure. Maybe a book from the Harry Potter series?
3- First book that made you cry.
I don’t really cry from reading.
4- First book that you didn’t finish?

There’s way too many!

My First Follower:

I thought it was Mary, but according to WordPress, it was Jen. Thank you both for being so supportive and kind!

Nominations:

Ariel @ Writing Radiation

Carla

Sarah @ Sarah Warsi

Jenny @ Peace from Panic