August Challenge – Halfway through!


Near the top of my blog, there’s a link to my “August Challenge” (or you can just click here). This is a project to do one thing every day in August that scares me, to help relieve both my anxiety and my smaller fears. It’s going really well actually, and I’ve seen improvements in my foreign language confidence and agoraphobia, amongst other things.

For the remainder of the month, I’d like to focus on the following fears of mine:

  • Asking questions – in shops, about other people, for directions
  • Being assertive
  • Water
When I go shopping this weekend, I can work on asking questions. This fear is related to how I dislike attention being on me; I’ve always liked blending into crowds and groups. This will similarly help me become more assertive, amongst not saying “yes” when I mean “no, and not letting people push me around. 
My dislike of water stems from a childhood experience, which I’ll be sure to write about soon. I’m going to aim high and try to go swimming before the end of the month – it will also challenge bikini fear!
If you’re reading this, think about what you generally avoid that scares you must. Can you realistically challenge yourself to confront this fear, if only in a simple, low-anxiety inducing way? I’m sure that it will be beneficial. 

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. – Goethe

It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at

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