A few weeks ago, my mom said to me, "Shannon, you're doing such a great job with your podcast and everything that you're doing, but I think you're holding back. You need to share the really tough parts of your journey with your community because there are people right now that are where you were, and they need hope." And as my mom usually is, she was right. I've absolutely been holding back.
I've been holding back for a couple of reasons: 1) There are parts of my journey that are still hard and emotional for me to talk about, and 2) I don't want to scare anyone, because there are some parts of my recovery that were definitely really tough and can be triggering to some. But just as my mom was right in the fact that I've been holding back a little, she was also right in the fact that you may be where I was ten years ago, and you need to hear that you're absolutely not alone and you can live the life you want to live, no matter what your struggle looks like right now.
So I figured, who better to have on my podcast and discuss the really hard things with, than my mom! My mom has always been my biggest supporter, and while I was struggling with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia, she was also my safe person. I leaned on her so much, and thankfully she was always right there, guiding me and also giving me the kick in the butt that I often needed to heal and overcome. I am so grateful every day that my mom never gave up on me, and I can't wait for my mom to share her wisdom with you!
In this episode, my mom and I dive into:
- When my journey with anxiety started
- My childhood and how it contributed to my struggle with anxiety
- A toxic relationship that made my journey loads harder
- The worst panic attacks I've ever had, and how one event landed me in the trauma unit
- How my mom supported me through it all
- How my mom feels about where I am today
And lots more!
And just a quick tip! If you're an emotional being like me and my mom, I suggest grabbing a big ole' box of tissues before you hit play because it's one heck of an emotional episode!
Make sure to listen to the full episode!
And I'll leave you with this message from my mom: "No matter how far into this struggle you're in with anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia, there isn't a timeline. It's not too late to get help. It's not too late to heal. It's not too late to really come out on the other side of it and be able to at one point look back and say... Oh my god, I've made it."
Just a heads up! The doors to my 10-week live program, Panic to Peace are now open! In this program, you’ll learn how to push past your anxious thoughts, the symptoms, panic, and fears so that you can begin experiencing lots more peace, joy, freedom, adventure, and actually live the life you want to live - and yes, it’s absolutely possible and you are absolutely capable of making it happen!
So if you feel like you’ve been doing everything and anything but you’re still struggling and you feel stuck, or if you feel like you have no idea where to even start, or if you feel like recovery just isn’t possible for you, I want to show you that you can overcome this, and the journey there doesn’t have to be so complicated or so hard. In the course, I’ll show you how to heal with simple and practical tips - aka all of the things that helped me to get to where I am today. And just a heads up, the doors are only open until 9/21, so if you want in, head here and save yourself a spot inside of Panic to Peace. I hope to see you there!