Growing up I was awkward like a to the wkward, awkward. I have always been the awkward girl, through high school I was bullied which led to me developing social anxiety and becoming very self conscious. In my late teens I barely went out.
That was until I discovered my love for travelling. I travelled with friends and family at first, however due to work commitments and priorities, I didn't always have a travel partner.
Which meant I either go alone or not go at all. Travelling has changed me as a person as nothing has pushed me out of my comfort zone more.
Travelling forces you out of your comfort zones, forces you to interact with people who are from completely different backgrounds, forces you to go out and explore, forces you to do things you would have never of dreamt of. If you don't push yourself you will end up on a flight back home and the regret will feel much larger than the anxiety.
When I first developed social anxiety I felt like I was the only person in the world to feel like this. Now I know this couldn't be further from the truth as many people all across the world have anxiety. It is important to remember everyone has their own battles with insecurities.
Nothing has improved my confidence more than travel. You name a self help book, I am likely to have read it, but my confidence soared by throwing myself into the deep end and realising I have to push through and not let anxiety control my life and dreams.
Hope this post has helped if you struggle with anxiety, I would love to hear the positive effects of travelling in your life?