Author: Cait the Arty Runnerchick

Table for Four: Ditching the judging, critical, killjoy

I have this analogy that every time you’re on a date with someone there are actually four people sitting at that table. No, I’m not Cybil, just hear me out. So naturally, all us blessed with higher than normal anxiety have a constantly running inner dialogue. Hopefully you’re getting better at limiting just how much that inner voice is criticizing you, but let’s be honest usually it’s pointing out ways you’re making a fool of yourself. So while we’re going about our own daily lives, waiting in line at Starbucks, rushing to NOT miss the bus, we’re living in a reality with dual selves. There’s the outward appearance we show to the world, one we painstakingly work to try and make appear as ‘cool’ and normal as possible and then the inner, mental, persona who is the one planning and working it’s butt off to keep ‘outward you’ from making a total fool of yourself. To give examples, appearance you is the one walking down the street, cool, calm, collected and totally confident. At the …

Silencing the Inner Critic

First off, HELLO!! :) To make a little introduction, so you don’t think I’m just some random person hi-jacking the blog, my name is Cait and I just freaking ADORE our girl, Katie, over here. We’ve been friends for years, and she is a person that I can’t tell you how much I admire and respect. Be it laughing or crying, needing support or a vent session, or just a person to act silly with. What’s more, as you can all attest, she’s incredibly perceptive and rocks at giving advice. Myself, in a nutshell: I’m a writer, artist, and runner. Pretty much sums me up, I have my own blog The Arty Runnerchick where I cover all of that stuff. What I don’t talk about as much is that I also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and have struggled with plenty of anxiety issues and even depression. Everyone has their own crap and baggage, so the first thing I want to say is that you are NOT alone, and struggling with anxiety and anything else is …