Aidan and Jolene talk about their early anxiety stories. Aidan didn’t think of herself as an anxious kid, but Jolene did identify as an anxious kid early on and had panic attacks in Junior High. They both resonate with being high achievers who got stuck in a perfectionistic anxious loop in their minds.
This episode goes deeper into exposing and giving voice to gray area of drinking as a way to regulate and medicate anxiety. With the help of a therapist, Aidan began to realize how much anxiety was actually underneath her drinking. Both Jolene and Aidan realized that drinking actually increased their anxiety. Aidan reads her “I see you” post from Instagram and Jolene reads her Instagram post about her upcoming TEDx talk and how it relates to this subject as well.
This discussion will be continued on Episode 18 – Anxiety Part Two.