Nice to meet you…
I’m Erica, a 36 year old, married, mother of four, from the UK. I am registered as blind (this is why you wont see me in my YouTube videos as I’m a little self conscious about my eyes not looking at the camera). I was also diagnosed as autistic last year, this is probably a contributing factor to my anxiety but certainly isn’t the whole picture.
I have suffered with anxiety since about the age of 20, though for many years I didn’t know what it was. The main reason for this was I’m actually quite a positive person who doesn’t sit and fret or worry. My anxiety hits my stomach, it’s painful and unpleasant, but naturally at first I thought it was something wrong with my stomach or something I was eating that didn’t like me. It turn out I was wrong, anxiety was the culprit. I’m now at a stage where most of my anxiety is about anxiety! I’m scared to go out in case the anxiety appears, as it inevitably will as I’m worrying about it. It has become increasingly worse over the last 2 years, but I’ve now reached a point (well a couple of months ago) where I’ve decided I cannot be held back any more, enough is enough.
So this is why I have decided to start this project. It will give me something to focus on, to be proud of, to enable me to feel good about myself and most of all to let other people know they are not alone, we can beat this together!
Someday, I’d love to be able to teach others what I’ve learnt, perhaps as a mindfulness teacher or life coach for those suffering with mental health issues, but for now I’m just happy to be here, learning new things and passing them on to you as I go.
I hope it will be an interesting and fulfilling journey for both me and you.
Thank you for your support.
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