Weekend Motivation

Weekend Motivation

 

I feel I constantly see people pushing motivational posts on Monday, yes the alteration is convenient and relatable but what about that weekend motivation? As somebody who suffers from social anxiety it’s not the work week I dread, its the unpredictable and potentially panic ridden weekend. You might think I’m totally crazy (hell, I mean most of the time I do too) – but hear me out. I live for structure. I thrive on planning and organizing and scheduling. I love a routine in which I can wake up every morning on auto pilot and know that I can handle the day. What I can’t handle is the unknown. So for a while I gave into that demon in myself. I stayed well within my comfort zone and I didn’t grow. I stayed a stagnant being consumed by the fear of social interaction, something I used to rejoice in.

About a year ago I decided to change that. I decided that I wanted control of my life back. I wanted to be in the drivers seat not just a silent passenger in the journey of where I’m going. I’ll admit that I pushed myself too far a few times, I ventured to music festivals and found myself in a state of hysteria and took a few steps back. But I also spent 7 days on a road trip with two new friends and not a moment passed where I didn’t feel overwhelmed with happiness. That’s my motivation- those memories and those moments of pure harmony when everything feels good and those demons that consumed you are no where in sight.

S0 here’s my weekend inspiration for you- start small. Text a new friend. See a movie with an old friend. Go shopping alone. Introduce yourself to somebody new. Do that thing your anxiety tells you that you’re not strong enough to do. Start small.

Eventually the little things become the big things.

 

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What are you going to do this weekend to step out of your comfort zone?

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13 Comments

  1. Marie
    July 7, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I have never heard this opinion voiced before, yet it resonates so deeply with the transition that has happened in the last two years of my life. I always lived for the weekends, but since a really bad year of depression after I went to college I have lived in constant anxiety of the weekend. I am more excited to work non-stop and sign-up for extra classes so that I can say I’m too busy to be social on the weekends.

    Meghan thank you for sharing your story of social anxiety. Thank you for challenging people with social anxiety to take chances. Thank you for the inspiration to face my fear and take charge of my life.

    I have gone through the same balance beam of going too far out of my comfort zone and going out far enough to have amazing experiences. I am bookmarking this page so I can read this when I need the extra push.

  2. Kaija
    July 8, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I never realized this! You are amazing!

  3. Mallika
    July 8, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Wow. I really connected with this blog post. I’m really happy you started this blog Meghan. I have a feeling its going to help people a lot. 😊

  4. July 8, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    This post is so awesome. Thanks Megan!
    This weekend I am meeting with new people for some possible collaborations! Eeek! It’s exciting, but also scary!

  5. Taylor
    July 9, 2016 / 10:28 am

    You are so inspiring, thank you for having suck a postive influence on my life

  6. Taylor
    July 9, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Such***

  7. July 12, 2016 / 3:49 am

    Such a beautiful post Meghan 🙂 I can relate to this so much! It can be really hard sometimes, what most people find easy and exciting, you just feel panicked by haha! I’m constantly reminding myself that I can’t let it get in the way of living my life and making unforgettable memories. Really looking forward to this blog of yours 🙂 x

  8. Mia
    July 12, 2016 / 6:03 am

    This is so inspirational i LOVED it! Love you Meghan! <3 🙂 xox

  9. July 12, 2016 / 11:02 am

    I went on work experience this week…. I actually talked to people… I made new friends and I feel wanted around them like they want to talk to me. That’s something that I never usually experience, I usually just stick with my 3 best friends!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

  10. Alys
    July 13, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    This is literally me during summer, I was petrified of the idea of having a summer where it meant I have to go to parties etc. But now I’ve altered my view on it all by spending 2 months traveling (Spain & America) and 1 full month of an internship at a nearby hospital. Sometimes keeping busy is the best way to clean your mind and focus on yourself rather than what your head is saying sometimes.

  11. Fray
    July 14, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Thank you for saying this. I actually teared up a little because it honestly just means so much that someone like you, who comes across so confident and is so beautiful, still struggles with social anxiety. It’s just nice to be reminded that no matter how people appear on the outside, they still may be struggling on the inside. Thank you.

  12. Bronwen
    July 28, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Tears in my eyes. It’s so wonderful to realise that I’m not alone in having social anxiety. I’ve felt so down on myself for avoiding events and also been sad about missing out on fun. I really pushed myself last year when I lived in a city and the moment I found myself dancing in a crowd packed so tightly together that my dancing was SO awkward to avoid bumping anyone…listening to an awesome band and only freaking out maybe 10 percent of the time…I felt amazing! Since moving to a little country town I’ve really crawled back into my shell though. Thank you for the motivation to get out there again.

  13. Macy
    August 28, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    I have suffered with severe depression and anxiety for seven years now, and I relate to this so much. I feel as though you and I would get along beautifully. Thank you for this and thank you for not being afraid to take on such a daunting subject.

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