Interview with a Mental Health Advocate

Today I’ve decided to do something a little different. I want more mental health related posts on my blog, and, since my best friend is a mental health advocate, why not do an interview? Enjoy!

Firstly, can you introduce yourself please?

I am Angela, a mental health and lifestyle blogger over at Unapologetically Angie, a Time to Change young champion, a recent modern languages graduate and a lover of dogs. Welcome to my corner of the internet.

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My Social Anxiety at University

During my first two years at university, my anxiety got worse than ever before. I’ve had social anxiety a majority of my life, although I wasn’t always aware of it, but it had never truly prevented me from living normally. Four years ago, before going to university, I went to live in Italy for a semester to improve my language skills. I started to notice I was overly shy and uncomfortable in so many social situations, but I think I just blamed it on the fact that I wasn’t Italian and that I couldn’t speak the language very well. I struggled eating in public and cooking in front of others, but again I never considered it could be anything other than shyness, simply because no one had ever talked to me about anxiety, and honestly I wasn’t even sure what the word meant. So since I didn’t have anything or anyone I could relate to, I figured it was all just part of my personality and that I’d be that way forever. 

How I Overcame "Vegan Syndrome"

I’ve been vegan for a bit more than two years now, and my journey has had its ups and downs. To begin with, I constantly watched videos of animals being brutalised, abused and killed. It’s what initially made me aware of what was happening behind closed doors and I knew that my lifestyle needed to change because I didn’t feel like I could be a part of their suffering any longer. It made me feel incredibly guilty for my previous 20 years as a meat eater. I even started hating myself for it; I felt like I was responsible for causing so much pain and suffering to these animals and I convinced myself that I deserved to feel that way. 

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Self Love Tag

A couple days ago, a dear friend of mine tagged me in a post about Self Love. She answered 10 questions about herself, and now it’s my turn to do the same. It’s my first time doing something like this, and to be honest I’m not too sure how it’s gonna turn out, or if it’ll be at all interesting to read for you, but oh well I’ll give it a try! I’ll make sure to answer all the questions as honestly as possible, otherwise what’s the point? If you like these questions and wish to answer them yourselves as well, feel free to send them to me or to comment some answers, as I would love to read them! 

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My University Reality

Before going to University in England, I was extremely excited. Of course, I was slightly nervous because I was going to live there for the first time and I wasn’t sure my English would be good enough, as I knew I had a foreign accent and I wasn’t familiar with any slang. The overall feeling, though, was excitement. I am now half-way through my degree, having finished my second year and preparing for my year abroad in Italy that will start in September. When I look back on my first year especially and second year, I can honestly say that my university experience is nothing like I expected it to be.

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