What is High-Functioning Anxiety?

It’s hard to describe, like explaining the colour yellow to someone who is blind. One of our readers sent us the video below, which perfectly sums up what anxiety feels like, here’s a transcript…. “High-functioning anxiety looks like… Achievement. Busyness. Perfectionism. When it sneaks out, it transforms into nervous habits. Nail-biting. Foot tapping. Running my fingers through

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How To Nail Your CAO Application

CAO. Never have 3 letters made us quake in our boots, quite the way that those 3 do. Why is it that for some of the most important things in life, we are expected to just know how to do it and then when we don’t,  we’re left to figure it out ourselves? Like hello?

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You’ve Got This! Managing Exam Anxiety & Working with Confidence

Here at The Shona Project, we work to empower the new generation of young people. We understand that growing up in Ireland in 2024 can be very challenging. We also understand that being parents, guardians or just someone with a teen in their life can also be challenging. A main stressor for our young people is

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Social Anxiety and Me!

This article was written by our ambassador, Tanya, about her experiences with social anxiety. We wanted to reshare Tanya’s story, because it is just as relevant and important today! There are still thousands of girls who, just like Tanya, suffer from social anxiety. Here is how Tanya overcame her worries! Does the thought of a

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Why Asking For Help Changed My Life

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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How To Support Someone With Anxiety

Have you noticed a friend that’s been a little quieter than usual? Just not themselves? They could be struggling with anxiety. There are a lot of things people with anxiety wish they could tell people who don’t suffer from it. We are going to give you some gentle ways to support a person with anxiety

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Anxious About Heading Off To College? Here’s How To Cope!

While heading off to college is super exciting, it can be totally nerve-wracking. In many cases, it may be the first time you live outside of your family home and leaving things that have been familiar for so many years. You might be moving on campus, getting a house-share or living in digs. Whatever your

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What’s Counselling Really Like? Here’s The Tea – By Emma

Everyone’s experience of counselling is different, but I want to tell you about mine, and what I wish I knew before I started seeing a counsellor. The time between being told by my doctor that I likely have anxiety and should talk to someone and actually going to see a counsellor was very rushed, so

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My Story – By Shaunagh

(TW: Disordered eating) The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was, to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with

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Shona Meets…… Caroline Foran

If you struggle with anxiety, Caroline Foran is the best friend you never knew you had……until now. Caroline is the best selling author of “Owning It: Your Bulls*t Free Guide To Living With Anxiety” and “The Confidence Kit, Your Bullsh*t Free guide to Owning Your Fear”. She is super honest, and provides practical tools to live

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How to support a friend who is struggling: By Jenny

Often when a friend tells us that they are feeling a bit down, or have recently been diagnosed with a mental health issue, it’s difficult to know what to say or do. It’s an automatic reaction to panic, and avoid talking about the issue. However that friend will often have confided in you for a

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Why Maysen is Walking from Cork to Donegal…

Can we all just take a second to appreciate Maysen Forbes, who is currently walking 560 miles from the bottom to the top of Ireland, to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Ireland. Maysen, who has suffered with “anxiety, depression and self-harm” in the past, is just over half way through her monster hike, which

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Why I Shared my Story: By Ash

Last week, at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awards, the lights went dim, and Aisling’s video was shared across three massive screens with 600 strangers. Her honesty and bravery blew the entire audience away on the night, and since then, over 6 thousand (and still rising) people have watched it on the SEI Facebook page. The

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Demi Lovato’s new documentary looks epic!

We’re all little “Simply Complicated” and  the rich and famous are no different. Demi Lovato’s history of mental health and addiction issues have been well played out. Most of us get tagged in some unfortunate photos after the odd night out but Demi’s teenage years unfolded in front of the entire world, and she had

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