Podcast #017: Travelling with Social Anxiety

A harbour front; there are boats in the background. Nearer the camera the sea turns into sand, and finally a promenade. On the promenade stands the lower half of a man - light blue shirt, dark blue three-quarter length jeans, and bare feet.

Welcome to Episode 17 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

Regardless of what I said in my last episode, this time I’m talking in part about mental health while travelling, specifically concentrating on my history of and experience with issues such as social anxiety, self-confidence, and my fear of failing, of making mistakes etc. This change in the advertised programme (along with the week gap between episodes) was caused because when it came to creating my pod in the previous week, I simply didn’t feel like it; I just couldn’t mentally bring myself to do it. So instead I sat on my bed, stayed offline, and read books.

Topics discussed in this episode then include:

  • The continued lack of alcohol
  • A quick visit to London to do some filming with Joe Lee
  • This week’s Parkrun update, and running barefoot
  • The Universalist Unitarian church in Sheffield
  • An introduction to my social anxiety issues
  • Questions I worry about when I travel
  • Introversion
  • Mental issues I had in Indonesia that caused me to go home early
  • Mental issues I had in Ethiopia that caused me to go home early
  • Reasons why I feel I failed with my travel plans
  • Travelling for joy, and comparing our travels with other people
  • How anxiety is often unfounded, but that makes no difference
  • Why i rarely speak to people
  • Self-confidence and the inability to ‘sell’ myself
  • Feeling that all this means nothing really matters
  • Sometimes it helps to move somewhere new, to reset yourself

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice 🙂 Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. There is a Facebook group for my podcast that you’re free to join: Click here!

There are no contributions from others this week, but the next episode is a Mental Health special with several people giving their stories of travel and mental health.

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