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I experienced anxiety for most of my life...
... well... not constantly. Occasionally I was asleep, or watching the Vicar of Dibley.
Worrying was always what I did best. But eventually my worry habit spiralled out of control. After years of background anxiety that would spike and fade, spike and fade, spike and fade, one day my anxiety peaked and never went away.
I spent months living with near-constant fear. Each night I lay awake, afraid of how I would feel the next day. There seemed to be no escape from this cycle. I feared the only way out would be something drastic. (Thinking about this possibility didn't help at all.)
Naturally, I didn't actually tell anyone about any of this. That would be silly 🙃
Finally, I couldn't tolerate it any longer. My coping strategy of "do nothing and hope it all goes away" was clearly not working. I decided to figure out what was happening... and maybe even do something about it.
Here's me telling the story of what I discovered:
Nowadays I don't fear my anxiety anymore. And I use my experiences to help others who may be going through the same thing.
Eventually, I wrote down everything I'd learned about my anxiety, and this turned into Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life—a funny guide to life for anxious humans.
Walking on Custard is an unusual book, but I wish I could have read it while I was struggling the most. It mixes personal stories, helpful advice gleaned from experts, and tiny tales about wizards and aliens. (Along with plenty of embarrassing stories about me, too.)