This is the first episode of the Why Am I Anxious Today? podcast and I am sharing the reason I was anxious after sharing my idea for this show.
When I talked about the premise for the show, I was asked, “aren’t you worried about being hireable?” There is such a strong stigma around mental health and I truly hope that by making conversations like this mainstream, we can start to normalize it. Having anxiety has never stopped me from doing my job and doing it well. The moral of the story is: I’m determined to do it anyway.
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Sara: [00:00:00] Welcome to the first episode of Why Am I Anxious Today? The podcast where I sort of kind of answer but really don’t answer at all the question that I hate most about having anxiety. Now while the name of the show is, “why Am I Anxious Today?,” My first episode will actually answer that for yesterday because yesterday I decided to start this podcast.
And when I told somebody about it, they told me it was a bad idea, and what they said was, aren’t you worried about being hireable? Now, did that make me anxious? Absolutely. Something you’ll come to learn about me almost everything makes me anxious, but it also made me think about all of the other people in the world that are scared to be honest about their own struggles because they think it won’t make them hireable.[00:01:00]
So no shade to the person who said this, and I won’t say who they were, but I wanna talk about it. Because Will sharing my own internal struggles make me less hireable? Maybe, I guess, but I don’t see why it should. So a little about me. I’m 27. At 21 I started my career straight out of college at an ad agency. By 24, I had changed careers.
I was the director of marketing for a financial advising firm. While at that job I became a financial content creator, a podcast producer. I launched a media company. I helped the company win national awards. I implemented changes that not only altered the course of the firm, but helped make financial planning more accessible.
I became a marketing consultant for other firms and helped them grow, and at 25 I started building a house. At 27, I launched my own business [00:02:00] doing things that bring me joy. So am I not hireable? Everything that I did throughout my career, I did while battling anxiety and I did while struggling with my mental health.
So if I managed to find success to make the impact that I’ve had on communities and on companies, To get accreditations and certifications to help others do the same. And at such a young age, does having a mental illness make me weak or does it make me that much stronger because I was able to accomplish all of this in spite of that.
So being told that being open about my own mental health struggles could negatively impact my career is the reason that I was anxious yesterday. But it’s also the reason why I’m definitely going to do this podcast cuz if you’re listening to this and you also struggle with anxiety and have difficulty really putting your finger on what it is that’s making you anxious, I’m just like you.
I hope maybe we can be [00:03:00] friends and you’ll join me in this journey and maybe it’ll make a little bit of a difference in your day. Really, that’s all I’m trying to do. So this has been episode number one of Why Am I Anxious Today? Visit, whyamianxiouspodcast.com to subscribe and send me your reason for being anxious today.
I’ll talk to you tomorrow.