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Your Social Anxiety Bestie with Sadie

Your Social Anxiety Bestie with Sadie

By Sadie Hall
Welcome to Your Social Anxiety Bestie, a peer-support podcast about social anxiety and the messy courage it takes to show up scared in our lives.

We’re currently in Season 2, which is exploring what life looks like when social anxiety disorder (mine, in this case) is no longer an active daily struggle. We’ve been talking about rebooting my freelance editorial business and continuing to connect with each other!

Sadie xo

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#29. [INTERVIEW] Build your anxiety toolkit ft. Lucy J. Smith (Stand Up To Anxiety)

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Your Social Anxiety Bestie with Sadie

S2. E11. Creative ways to face your social anxiety (Social Anxiety Besties Club interview: Anthony)
In today's episode, I chat with one of my patrons, a member of the Social Anxiety Besties Club! His name is Anthony and he has a YouTube channel called Social Anxiety Gaming. As you'll hear, Anthony has come up with some truly creative ways to work on his social anxiety, including voice notes, voiceover videos, video diaries, and even IMPROV CLASSES! ⁣ ⁣𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐲'𝐬 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐓𝐮𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥:  ⁣ ⁣𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐧𝐱𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛 𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐨𝐧! ⁣ 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞:⁣ 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐲 “𝐕𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭” 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐓𝐮𝐛𝐞: ⁣ 𝐄𝐗𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐓 𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐂𝐄𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐒𝐎𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐀𝐍𝐗𝐈𝐄𝐓𝐘: and
May 18, 2022
S2. E10. Freelancing + social anxiety: a candid Q&A
Thank you so much for the wonderful questions you submitted over on IG! If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out:  COURSE LINKS: Write Your Way to Freedom Copywriting Program: (*affiliate link*)  Edit Republic's courses: Translation course (it's been updated by it's still run by Corinne McKay): 
May 04, 2022
S2. E9. Social anxiety in a marriage ft. MY HUSBAND
AT LONG LAST! The episode I have been promising for probably a year at this point. In this episode, I chat with my husband/safe person/best friend Jesse. We talk about what it's like when one partner in a relationship has social anxiety. I really hope you enjoy this episode!  Submit questions and topics for future episodes here: Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon! Check out my “Videos mentioned on the podcast” playlist on YouTube: EXPERT RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY: and
April 27, 2022
Audio vlog: Discovery call anxiety
Before and after a call with a prospective client for freelance editing and translation!  Video mentioned: How Do I Get New Clients If I Have CRUSHING Anxiety?!? by Sarah Turner  Submit questions and topics for future episodes here: Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon! Check out my “Videos mentioned on the podcast” playlist on YouTube: EXPERT RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY: and
April 22, 2022
S2. E8. How do you set fitness goals when you struggle with body image issues?
I set a fitness goal that is (finally) NOT a number on the scale. But it's also not that simple.   Links:  Video mentioned: Y2K Fashion Gave Rise to EDs in Young Teens (and it’s coming back!) by Abbey Sharpe   Submit questions and topics for future episodes here:  Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon!  Check out my “Videos mentioned on the podcast” playlist on YouTube:  EXPERT RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY: and
April 20, 2022
Mini: Walmart Grocery Pickup
Do I stay in the car? Do I offer to help? Submit questions and topics for future episodes here: Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon! Check out my “Videos mentioned on the podcast” playlist on YouTube: EXPERT RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY: and
April 18, 2022
S2.E7. Gym anxiety with personal trainer Chris
I chat with my former personal trainer Chris about gym anxiety and the challenges of getting to the gym (or doing other forms of exercise) when social anxiety is in the picture. I hope you enjoy the episode!  Submit questions and topics for future episodes here: Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon! Check out my “Videos mentioned on the podcast” playlist on YouTube: EXPERT RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY: and
April 13, 2022
Mini: Returning shoes at SportChek
It took 3 weeks and lots of drama, but I did it. (Do you like the idea of a mini episode like this? Let me know!) Email: and IG: @yoursocialanxietybestie
April 12, 2022
Audio vlog: Drive with me (driving anxiety chat in real time)
Don't worry, I was safe about it! Totally hands-free, eyes on the road. :)
April 11, 2022
S2. E6. I'm an imposter (but you're not)
Feeling like an imposter is not the same thing as objectively BEING an imposter. Dr. Tynessa Franks' YT channel:  My YT channel:  JOIN THE SOCIAL ANXIETY BESTIES CLUB ON PATREON: 
April 06, 2022
S2. E5. So I DON'T have to rely on self-confidence and inspiration?
I wrote in my calendar: "Sit down and say words at the microphone." This is the result of that prompt.  /// Previous episodes that talk about social anxiety in children:  #36. How To Be Yourself with Ellen Hendriksen, PhD S2.E2. The fear of blushing with REDFACE author Russell Norris ///  Resources mentioned: What to Do When You Feel Too Shy: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Social Anxiety AT Parenting Survival Podcast (links to episodes on website) /// Let's connect! Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon:  Find me on IG @yoursocialanxietybestie  Let me know how you're doing:
March 30, 2022
S2. E4. The One Where I Update You on ALL the Things
Have I been having social anxiety about talking about social anxiety? ALSO, did I record this whole episode with my mic BACKWARDS? Yes, yes I did. Apologies for the echo. Topics: sharing a mental health journey, re-building a freelance editing/writing business after mental health recovery, medication adjustments, and *content warning* infertility. xo Join the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon: Find me on IG @yoursocialanxietybestie Let me know how you're doing:
March 23, 2022
Where I've been and what's happening with Season 2
I disappeared again and here's why.
February 04, 2022
S2.E2. The fear of blushing with REDFACE author Russell Norris
I hope you enjoy this candid conversation with Russell about blushing, social anxiety, and more. If you do, please follow the author and do consider buying his book! Links are below. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Russell Norris has always struggled with social anxiety and (in particular) erythrophobia: the fear of blushing. He's been a copywriter for 20 years and eventually became an exec at a big advertising agency in London. But the anxiety and blushing were always there. And he desperately tried to hide it all from everyone. Until he wrote the book "Redface", released in April 2021, a memoir that opens up about his lifelong fear of blushing – and encourages fellow blushers to do the same. BUY THE BOOK (use code BESTIE at checkout for 20% at the link below):   FOLLOW THE AUTHOR Twitter: @BeyondTheBlush Instagram: @rustychuck MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE iblush Facebook group Because We Are Bad by Lily Bailey (OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought) TV interview
December 21, 2021
S2.E1. Messy courage
We’re not failing at life if we pass on the opportunity to return a garbage can to Canadian Tire one time. Or maybe that’s just me.
December 14, 2021
S2.E0. What to expect in Season 2
Welcome to season 2 of Your Social Anxiety Bestie, a podcast that shares the truth about what it’s like to live with social anxiety disorder and celebrates the messy courage it takes to show up for our lives anyway. I’m Sadie, and after I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder in 2018 and went through lots of therapy, I became passionate about sharing what I was learning with others and building a peer-support community of social anxiety besties who give each other hope and help each other feel less alone. Sign up for the podcast newsletter here! In season one I got raw and real about my own mental health journey, and the warm response from so many of you has been humbling, empowering, and surprising. In season 2, I want to change things up a bit and talk to you, or someone like you. I want to talk to real people who have experienced social anxiety and who are willing to share their struggles and breakthroughs in their own words. My goal is to talk to at least 20 people this season about what showing up scared means to them. If you’re at a place in your healing journey where you feel ready to share your story with our community, I would love to invite you on the show. Please email me at or send me a message on Instagram @yoursocialanxietybestie. Also, if you would like to support the show and join a friendly, safe peer support community that includes behind-the-scenes chats about this podcast and the other projects I’m working on, I would love for you to consider joining the Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon. It’s $5 per month Canadian to join, and you get access to a private Facebook group where I do a weekly behind-the-scenes livestream and we also meet up weekly on Zoom to hang out, chat about what we’re struggling with, celebrate our successes, and just feel connected to other people who understand what it’s like to feel scared or shy in the world. It's not a replacement for therapy or professional mental health support, but it's a wonderful place to feel supported and seen. You can find out more at I would love to see you there! Season 2 will be launching soon, but until then I’d like to leave you with these thoughts: Show up scared, because it’s okay to be scared. Show up imperfect, because messy courage is still courage. Just show up, because that’s how it gets easier. Just show up, because that’s how you get stronger. Just show up, because I know you can do it. Just. Show. Up.
December 03, 2021
#41. It's Okay To Take a Break (is this the end of season 1?)
I'll be taking a step back from my online activities for a few weeks. ⁠ ⁠ We're moving next week, but that's only part of it. ⁠ ⁠ It's time for me to face one of the biggest fears I've had for a couple of years now: ⁠ ⁠ Sitting with my own thoughts. Alone. ⁠ ⁠ I've been pushing myself to take big messy action in how I show up online, and I've done that, and it's been transformative. It's good advice and I'm grateful it was given to me. ⁠ ⁠ They say it's easier to steer a ship that's already in motion, and so I've been afraid to allow any stop, any inertia. I've been afraid that if I stop doing scary things online, I'll never start again. ⁠ ⁠ But I know that I need to pause. Reassess. Make sure the ship is going in the right direction, at least broadly speaking. ⁠ ⁠ I'm an overthinker. There's no sense denying it. But I've been trying to force myself too far in the other direction. I've been forcing myself to underthink. ⁠ ⁠ So it's time for a pause, with the exception of my Social Anxiety Besties Club on Patreon. We'll still be doing our weekly livestreams and Zoom chats. ⁠ ⁠ I'm planning to come back to regular posting, Stories, and podcast episodes in time for my next Live with @honestrox on October 20. ⁠ ⁠ Thank you so much for reading and for being here. I appreciate you. ⁠ ⁠ Please know that I'll be reflecting deeply on how I can best help others who struggle with social anxiety and shyness. I believe that will always be my core mission -- I just need to take some time to figure out what that will actually look like going forward. ⁠ ⁠ Warmly,⁠ ⁠ Sadie
October 01, 2021
#40. Ten Things That Still Scare Me (+ life update!)
What would you add to the list? 10 things that still scare me Walking across a crowded room, especially with food in my hand Serving myself at a buffet with a line of people in front and behind When my husband gets loud in public Unfamiliar public restrooms Asking for napkins at a restaurant counter Registering my kids for their new school Asking for money Eating across from someone I don’t know well One-on-one hangouts Asking for favours or help, or reaching out to family for support Life update - We sold our house and we’re moving! - Are we having a 3rd baby or not?! - The Social Anxiety Besties Club - Coaching? Grad school? Editing? - HAMILTON'S MOST WANTED RACCOON
August 30, 2021
#39. Embarrassing Questions with Dr. Tynessa Franks
If you've ever had questions about social anxiety and sex/intimacy, race/cultural background, work/promotions, and more... THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU! Listen to a social anxiety expert get into the nitty-gritty of these topics to help us feel better.  How can I get a promotion at work if I feel too anxious to speak up or take on a leadership role at work? How does my race and cultural background factor into my experience of social anxiety? How does social anxiety impact intimacy and sex?  Is my social anxiety part of my personality or is it something that’s a problem/disorder that I need to get help with? MEET DR. TYNESSA FRANKS Tynessa Franks received her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Virginia and has worked in a range of mental health care settings including VA hospitals, private practice, and academic institutions. As a self-defined "shy girl", she realized a strong passion for helping people who struggle with worrying too much about what other people think and started Bashful & Bright in 2019 with this mission at the forefront. She creates videos, conducts group psychotherapy, and teaches a comprehensive online course to help women and men improve their social anxiety so they can start showing up, speaking up, and engaging in social interactions in a way that feels good. You can learn more about her work at or reach her directly at *** MY PATRONS GOT EARLY ACCESS TO THIS EPISODE! Join here to support the show and access new episodes before anyone else: 
July 24, 2021
#38. Social Anxiety & Body Image Issues
When it comes to my relationship with my body, the Facebook status would be “it’s complicated.” Every day, I face an ongoing struggle to accept the body that has carried me through life and carried my babies into this world. ⁠Looking back at my teenage years, body image issues stand out clearly -- more clearly, in some ways, than social anxiety, shyness, or perfectionism. If I didn’t have the vocabulary and knowledge I have now, I’d probably describe my teenage self as self-conscious and shy. It turns out, body image issues are actually quite common in people with social anxiety disorder. Let's talk about it. If you're interested in the book club, check out, or reach out to me and I'll answer any questions you may have! We'd love to have you. Code for REDFACE:⁣⁠ Objective Binge Eating Vs. Subjective Binge Eating: Orthorexia: Body Image and Social Anxiety:
July 17, 2021
#37. Does social anxiety go away with practice?
THE PODCAST HIT 10,000 LISTENS!!!!! Thank you so, so much!!!! Today I'm answering two questions from a wonderful community member on Instagram: Does social anxiety go away with practice? and How do I deal with shame after a social interaction? NEW: SUPPORT THE SHOW ON PATREON FOR EARLY ACCESS TO EACH NEW EPISODE! 
June 26, 2021
#36. How To Be Yourself with Ellen Hendriksen, PhD
Today we're talking with the one and only Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, author of my all-time favourite book on social anxiety disorder, How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety. WE TALK ABOUT: Building a genuine connection with others and making friends Social anxiety in young children Behind-the-scenes of writing How To Be Yourself Managing social anxiety at work Post-lockdown anxiety Social anxiety versus shyness and introversion Social anxiety versus narcissism and self-centredness Social anxiety treatment The unexpected positive qualities that accompany social anxiety How to start being yourself in the world ABOUT ELLEN HENDRIKSEN, PHD Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves. She serves on the faculty at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) and she is the author of HOW TO BE YOURSELF: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety. Her scientifically-based, zero-judgment approach has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC News, New York Magazine, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Business Insider, Psychology Today, Quiet Revolution, and many other media outlets. Dr. Hendriksen earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and completed her training at Harvard Medical School. She lives in the Boston area with her family. FIND ELLEN ONLINE Book, course, and other shenanigans: Instagram: @ellen_hendriksen
June 12, 2021
#35. Social Anxiety Strikes In 3 Phases
There's the pre-party (dread), the main event, and the after-party (rumination). Let's break it down with my recent trip to a garden centre. (Mostly focused on anxious thoughts. I need to do an episode going in-depth on physical symptoms and behaviours too!) MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE: Get your free ticket to the Coach-ela Blogging Festival: (affiliate link) Sign up for my email list! First you'll get the free Brain Dump Kickstarter, and then you'll start getting all the freebies mentioned in the episode! Click here:  Check out Anxiety Radio Live:  JOIN THE SOCIALLY AWKWARD BOOK CLUB! Click here: 
May 23, 2021
#34. Social Anxiety & Mindset with Marijke Visser
🤫 Plus a super exciting update at the end!!! 🎉 We answer questions on BLUSHING, presentations/showing up Live online, eye contact, mom anger/yelling, coping with anxious moments, and so much more! Featuring mindset mentor Marijke from the podcast Wildly Capable with Marijke and the IG account @wildlycapableyou For the full conversation on IGTV, click here! (or copy and paste or look for "Wildly Capable Q&A" on my IG profile @yoursocialanxietybestie) GET MY NEWEST FREEBIE! The mini-workbook for shy and socially anxious bloggers/content creators: PERMISSION TO SHOW UP SCARED. It includes journal prompts, affirmations, and a permission slip for you to give yourself! Click here! or copy-paste this link into your browser: 
May 15, 2021
#33. Podcasting for Introverts with Sandi D
Sandi is an introvert who overcame her fear of public speaking to become host of the All Things Relax with Sandi D. podcast. Now she helps other introverts find their voices and share their stories! Starter Guide to Sandi's podcast: Your Social Anxiety Bestie, Sadie Hall The 3 Pillars of Wellness, Jen Baucom Astrology Is My Anchor, Toni Black, Founder, Jupiter's Playground Do Ladybugs Hibernate? and Other Random Musings Hold Your Vision for 2021 Sandi and G's programs (includes affiliate links): Find Your Inner Zen Digital Bundle (includes FIRE audio affirmations) 7 Steps to Rock Your Podcast with Confidence (free Quick Guide) The Introvert's Guide to Rocking Your Podcast eCourse CONNECT WITH SANDI: All Things Relax Studios Instagram Facebook  Website All Things Relax podcast Instagram Facebook Promo spots  Produced: All Things Relax Studios Music Licensed: Soundstripe, Strength To Last (ASCAP) (music for Sadie's promo) Graciously provided by All Things Relax Studios for use in this episode. 
May 08, 2021
#32. Social Anxiety Revealed with Miriam Drori
Meet Miriam Drori, author of Social Anxiety Revealed, the newly published Style and the Solitary, and more.  Hear us talk about:  The inspiration for writing Social Anxiety Revealed  What the writing process was like (reaching out to contributors, etc.) What Miriam learn anything about herself and social anxiety while writing the book What Miriam hopes readers will take away from the book How social anxiety has impacted Miriam's life? What Miriam wishes other people knew about social anxiety What Mariam would tell a younger version of herself about social anxiety? And more! Mentioned in the episode: 1. Where to buy Social Anxiety Revealed Smashwords: Barnes & Noble: Kobo: 2. Where to find Miriam online:  Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram, Wattpad, website/blog, Amazon page 3. Ladies Who Launch – a free joint online event with Miriam and two other authors on May 6, 2021. 4. Miriam's social anxiety YouTube video: 5. Miriam's author page on her publisher's site:
May 01, 2021
#31. Acting While Socially Anxious with Barry O'Neil
Have you ever wondered if someone with social anxiety could get into acting, screenwriting, or other performing arts? I know I used to wonder. I used to wish I could be an actor "if only" I weren't so scared. If that sounds relatable to you, I think you'll really enjoy my conversation with actor and screenwriter Barry O'Neil, who wrote and stars in SING ALONG IF YOU KNOW THE WORDS, a short film dealing with social anxiety that recently premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. This episode was originally an Instagram Live interview I did with Barry. Check out the video version here! Follow @singalongfilm on Instagram for behind-the-scenes photos and updates on the fim!⁣ ⁣ You'll hear me ask Barry these questions: ⁣ 1. Can you tell us what inspired you to write this film?⁣ 2. Why did you choose the metaphor of feeling like everyone around you knows the words to a song and you don’t? ⁣ 3. Can you tell us what it's like to be a performer/actor with social anxiety?⁣ 4. Are there any other ways social anxiety has impacted your creativity?⁣⁣ 5. What takeaways do you hope viewers will get from the film?⁣ 6. Do you have any tips for anyone out there who is interested in screenwriting, acting, or other creative pursuits but who feels like they are too shy, introverted, or socially anxious?⁣ ⁣7. What's the best way for us to watch the film and support your work?⁣ ⁣ 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦⁣ The story follows Ben, who throws a dinner party to conquer his fear of speaking in groups. ⁣ ⁣ As the party gets away from him, Ben grows increasingly frustrated and suddenly finds himself at the center of a real-life musical theatre number in his dining room, only he's the only one who doesn't know the words or music. ⁣ ⁣ After escaping to the bathroom for a panicked call with his therapist, Ben finally musters the courage to try singing along with his guests, even if the outcome is disastrous.⁣ ⁣More info Director: @alycia_delmore Screenplay: Barry O’Neil Producer: @kate_dandel
April 24, 2021
#30. Let's Go Shopping!
What's the podcast version of a vlog? Because that's what this is.
April 18, 2021
#29. [INTERVIEW] Build your anxiety toolkit ft. Lucy J. Smith (Stand Up To Anxiety)
Learn about morning and evening routines for anxiety, and start to build your anxiety toolkit! This episode was originally an Instagram Live interview I did with Lucy. Check out the video version here! ***Update after recording: Lucy just launched a BRAND NEW STAND UP TO ANXIETY DAILY JOURNAL!*** Tune into to hear Lucy answer these questions... 1. Can you tell us what your anxiety management mentorship looks like? 2. Early in your book, you wrote about how scary it was to reach out to a doctor for help with your mental health when you didn't know what you were dealing with. Can you talk to us about that? 3. In your book, you talk about driving anxiety, and how you had a near-accident during one of your practice sessions. But you kept practicing. Can you talk to us about that incident, and how you managed to push through? 4. A big part of your book is about developing healthy morning and evening routines. What do your routines look like these days? 5. Can you talk to us about your anxiety toolkit? Does it go beyond morning and evening routines? 6. What advice would you give to someone who wants to build their own anxiety toolkit? Thank you so, so much Lucy @lucyjsmith_26 for this heartwarming and encouraging conversation! To learn more about Lucy's inspiring journey, check out her account @lucyjsmith_26 or her podcast Stand Up To Anxiety. Be sure to check out her super accessible, easily digestible book Stand Up To Anxiety and her BRAND NEW STAND UP TO ANXIETY DAILY JOURNAL! These show notes are also available here: 
April 17, 2021
#28. [INTERVIEW] Hey Dad! Let's talk about mental health ft. Tim Scapillato
Many people are not able to talk to their parents—or children, for that matter—about mental health and social anxiety. It’s too hard, too emotional, too awkward, too unknown… any number of reasons can stop a much-needed conversation like this from happening. And that’s exactly why I invited my dad on the show. I am extremely lucky to have the father I do. My dad has been way more supportive of my mental health journey than he will ever give himself credit for. He's also amazingly open and willing to discuss mental health with me… and with you! SHOW NOTES: SPECIAL EDITION GREETING CARD:
April 10, 2021
#27. [INTERVIEW] Get comfortable being uncomfortable ft. Roxana (@honestrox)
I am super excited to introduce you to a fellow social anxiety advocate and content creator who I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with on Instagram over the past year! For complete show notes, visit |||  Roxana’s mission is to help other introverts become socially confident. As a former socially anxious person, she knows how hard it is to be yourself in social situations without letting anxiety get the best of you. She created HonestRox to provide you with the best content to help you show up as yourself, confidently. |||  In this episode, I talk to Roxana about: How she became a social anxiety-focused content creator online Whether it is hard to try to help others with social anxiety while also experiencing social anxiety herself Social anxiety vs. shyness vs. introversion Texting anxiety How social anxiety shows up in her daily life and how she copes Her upcoming 21-Day Social Anxiety Challenge (free to join!) ||| For complete show notes, visit
March 17, 2021
#26. Fear doesn't mean you can't [pep talk]
"Hi, Fear. You can be here. But you can't sit in the driver's seat anymore." 
March 11, 2021
#25. 5 Lessons from perfectionism therapy
𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦 can interfere with everything you do, making it hard to know what 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 even looks like.⁣ ⁣|| For more on 𝐂𝐎𝐆𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒, check out 𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝟖: 𝟏𝟎 𝗪𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐧𝐱𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐘𝐨𝐮⁣ ⁣|| For 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐗𝐈𝐄𝐓𝐘, check out 𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝟏𝟔: 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐀𝐧𝐱𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐬 ⁣ ⁣|| 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮! 𝘐'𝘮 @𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘹𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘦⁣ ⁣|| 𝘚𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘦@𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘹𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘦.𝘤𝘰𝘮 
February 27, 2021
#24. Imposter syndrome has me in its clutches [real talk]
Imposter syndrome, poison thoughts, and remembering what's true.  Here's the Imposter Syndrome Scale I mentioned: 
February 14, 2021
#23. [INTERVIEW] You are so f***ing lovable ft. Megan Griffith (Healing Unscripted)
𝐈𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 -- 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 -- 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮. ⁣⁣Megan and I chat about mental wellness coaching, internalized shame, masking, aggressively happy colouring pages, and the fact that you are lovable simply because you exist. ⁣⁣𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭-𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞!!!  ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬, 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐨 ⁣⁣⁣ 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝟷) 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘍-𝘣𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝟸) 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘬𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘰𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘴... 𝘐 𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. ⁣   ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧:  ⁣⁣⁣ Megan Griffith (she/her) is a mental wellness coach and blogger who specializes in internalized shame, executive dysfunction, and high sensitivity. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣She runs the blog Healing Unscripted and hopes that her work can help women at the beginning of their mental health journeys feel a little less lost, through validation and community. When she's not working on coaching or blogging, she's probably off dying her hair or snuggling with her son. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣𝐌𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧'𝐬 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠: Episode 2 | What's Your Mask?  ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧: ⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Facebook:⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Instagram:⁣⁣⁣⁣ - TikTok: ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣𝐌𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧'𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐬:⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Coloring Page Freebie: ⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Coloring Book: ⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Shameless Group Coaching Program:
January 29, 2021
#22. Other people aren't perfect either [pep talk]
𝐆𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐢𝐧. Backgrounds:  ⁣
January 24, 2021
#21. You are not alone! [mental health pep talk]
I remember how I felt before I felt better.  👉 Article quoted: 
January 17, 2021
#20. Shopping tips for social anxiety
Tips you'll hear about:  Divide your list.  Think of it like exposure practice.   Podcasts mentioned at the very end of the episode:  Healing Unscripted @healingunscripted The Anxious Therapist @theanxioustherapist  Ask Kati Anything! @katimorton  Shy and Mighty @iamshyandmighty (check out her latest episode "How to Overcome Social Anxiety with Mark Metry"!)  Stand Up To Anxiety @lucyjsmith_26
January 10, 2021
#19. Who else needs to reduce decision fatigue? [real talk]
Thoughts on reducing decision fatigue in 2021. 
December 30, 2020
#18. Tummy trouble tips for social anxiety
I used to think I was lactose intolerant. It was the only explanation I had for how much tummy pain I was in ALL THE TIME.  Mayo Clinic article:  Calm Clinic article:  Yoga for Gut Health:  Stand Up To Anxiety: Food To Help Anxiety With Ashley:   The Anxious Therapist (check out episodes 218 and 220!): 
December 23, 2020
#17. Driving tips for social anxiety
It’s okay if you take the long way home. 
December 17, 2020
#16. Phone tips for social anxiety
Tips you'll hear about:  Voice notes  “Safe” calls  “Go to phrases”   Instagram: @yoursocialanxietybestie
December 09, 2020
#15. What do you want to know about social anxiety?
Hey lovely! In today's quickie, I'm sharing a list of questions (see below) that IG followers submitted as episode ideas. And I would LOVE to hear from you about what you'd like to hear!!! Please please please reach out @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG or email if you have any social anxiety related questions, comments, or ideas. I want this show to serve you as best it can. xoxo  Also mentioned: People with social anxiety are more likely to interpret neutral facial expressions as negative Remove "What if" from worries to help pinpoint the anxious fear  The suggestions so far: Phone calls  advocating for yourself dealing with people in authority awkwardness around others tummy troubles from anxiety identity issues stemming from social anxiety being in large crowds setting boundaries how to talk about your struggles word vomiting talking to people in stores making eye contact when ordering food staying home too long and then having trouble going out how to tell friends you aren't anti-social, just socially anxious and introverted sweating
November 21, 2020
Hello from… Your Social Anxiety Bestie! In today's episode, I'm explaining all these fun and fancy changes, and sharing my very special hopes for you and me.  @yoursocialanxietybestie
November 16, 2020
#13. 6 things your inner teen needs to hear (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** How many times have you wished you could go back and give your younger self a hug, or maybe a good shake, to spare them (you) from all the tough stuff that's still to come? Here are 6 of the things I think our past selves need to hear.
November 12, 2020
#12. Tips for talking on camera (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** This episode talks about the challenges of showing up on video if you struggle with social anxiety, and some tips on how to overcome that fear.  Mentioned: Natalia's post: 
November 06, 2020
#11. Growing your family when you have anxiety (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Opening up about the big decision we're facing right now: do we try to grow our family by having a third child? Grab your free wallpaper here: Check out Megan's podcast: Healing Unscripted
October 30, 2020
#10. [Q&A] Living with anxiety (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** It's episode 10!!! Answering your questions on all things mental health. Do you ever doubt your diagnoses? Do you find yourself thinking you have every disorder in the book? How do you know when you are coming out of depression/anxiety? After depression, will past triggers come up and cause anxiety again? What inspired your Instagram and podcast? What is something you want to teach your kids about anxiety? Do you drink alcohol? Favourite comfort meal? How has family responded to your anxiety? Has anyone close to you ever invalidated your anxiety? How do you build up the courage to start therapy? Did your anxiety affect your dream job/life? 
October 22, 2020
#9. Some days are hard (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** One of the hardest lessons I’ve been trying to learn as I share my mental health journey and my life online is that there doesn’t always have to be a silver lining. 
October 15, 2020
#8. Thought Traps: 10 LIES SOCIAL ANXIETY TELLS YOU (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Anxiety tells us stories that feel like truth. Learning to identify and call out those stories can go a long way to retraining your brain to think in ways that are healthier. Today, in honour of World Mental Health Day on October 10, we're going to talk about 10 cognitive distortions and how to push back against them! 
October 09, 2020
#7. Social anxiety? Shyness? Introversion? (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** We're getting REAL candid and tackling questions like: Are shyness and social anxiety the same thing? How does introversion fit in? Is this my personality, or it is a disorder? What does social anxiety feel like?  RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY: Social Anxiety Disorder (CAMH) Understanding the Facts: Social Anxiety Disorder (ADAA) Screening for Social Anxiety Disorder (ADAA) Test for Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Anxiety Institute) YOU'RE NOT ALONE! 
October 02, 2020
#6. Mindset shifts for creative self-doubt (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Let's chat about shifting our mindset away from self-doubt, self-consciousness, and imposter syndrome. Replying to 13 fears/worries submitted on Instagram. Plus 6 tips for overcoming self-doubt as a creator or creative! xoxo
September 25, 2020
#5. Dealing with regret on your mental health journey (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Dealing with regret over lost time once you start healing your mental health. xoxo  Mentioned: Radical Transformation Podcast
September 18, 2020
#4. How to be okay with showing up imperfect (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Before you can show up imperfect, you have to be WILLING to show up imperfect. Showing up is the action; willingness is the mindset that fuels it.  Mentioned in the episode: FREE AFFIRMATIONS FOR THERAPY PRINTABLE  MENTAL HEALTH CONTINUUM MODEL 
September 11, 2020
#3. How therapy has helped my social anxiety (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Answering some of your therapy questions submitted on Instagram! And sharing my own experience with various forms of therapy.  MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE: Mental health continuum model Affirmations for Therapy (FREE PRINTABLE) Come say hey!  Instagram: @heysadiehall  Email:  Blog: SUPPORT THE SHOW xo  Buy a coffee :)
September 04, 2020
#2. Someone needs to hear YOUR story (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Hey friend! Today's episode is a pep talk to encourage you to share your story and help you overcome common content creator self-doubts.
August 28, 2020
#1. [WELCOME!] Show up imperfect (Anxious Creators Unite)
*** UPDATE: See Episode 14 for info on the rebrand from Anxious Creators Unite to Your Social Anxiety Bestie! I'm now @yoursocialanxietybestie on IG. Site: Email: *** Hello my anxious friend! In today's episode, I'm setting the stage for the podcast, sharing a bit of my mental health backstory, and giving you a mini pep-talk on showing up imperfect, sharing your story, and chasing your dreams. xoxo I want to hear from you!
August 24, 2020