I’m Melissa Renzi, and I’m excited to write for the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. While I’m a licensed social worker and yoga teacher, my greatest credential is my personal story as a sensitive soul learning to transform the anxiety I’ve experienced since early childhood. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone as we cope with anxiety. I believe there is great strength and healing in sharing vulnerability and I truly look forward to connecting with you and hearing your story.
Melissa Renzi’s Experience with Anxiety
Much of the anxiety I face stems from trauma and loss that touched my youth and early adulthood. As a young child with divorced parents and acute asthma, I’ve known anxiety for a long time as I struggled to be one Melissa in two different households. I often felt my emotions were out of my control. Throughout my youth, I endured instability with a mother who struggled with mental illness. Her passing in 2007 was sudden and traumatic for me. I’ve been surrounded by pain, suffering, and addiction in the people I love and my lifelong challenge has been to learn how to take care of myself and integrate these challenges into my resilience.
Anxiety continues to visit me to this day. While I’m a mental health professional who has led dozens of workshops and retreats on these subjects, healing is a process and practice for me, too. For years I believed there was something wrong with me. I felt that inconsistencies in my mood meant that deep down I was like my mom. I didn’t understand why I felt anxious and easily overwhelmed. I was terrified to commit to anything or anyone for fear of making the wrong choices. And I thought that it was best to keep my struggle with anxiety to myself because I was afraid of being perceived as weak, a common criticism of highly sensitive empaths like me. Yet, what I noticed was that approach only left me less accepting and loving of myself, and more anxious. It has been a journey, but I discovered a better path.
How Treating Anxiety Changed Melissa Renzi’s Life
Over the years, I’ve learned to see myself differently, manage my anxiety, and embrace painful experiences as meaningful parts of being a human being. I look forward to integrating the tools and practices for treating anxiety that have changed my life and those of my clients into simple means for you to live a more empowered life. I’m glad you’re here to join me.
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