Starbucks Sickness – Conversations With Anxiety #04

Snapshots of the conversations that are had between anxiety and I: the things we fight over, the discussions and debates we take part in and the struggle to reason with irrationality. Some of these are based on past events or reoccurring battles, some on more recent occasions, and some are simply extrapolations of experiences I’ve had.

Anxiety: Oh my god, what was that.

Me: Nothing, it was nothing.

Anxiety: Was that a wave of nausea?

Me: No, we’re fine.

Anxiety: Nope that was definitely a feeling of sickness. What if we throw up? In the middle of Starbucks.

Me: Relax.

Anxiety: There are so many people here, that would be so so bad, we can’t let that happen… do something!

Me: Just calm down.

Anxiety: We’re getting lightheaded.

Me: That’s because you’re not letting us breathe properly.

Anxiety: Maybe the food here is gone off, it’s probably food poisoning. We’re gonna vomit everywhere.

Me: …Everyone else looks okay.

Anxiety: Dizzy. Sick. Sweaty. We’ve definitely got something, can’t you feel it too?!

Me: Yeah, we’ve got you, silly. You cause all those things.

Anxiety: Hey, that’s mean! I don’t! I’m the one that keeps us safe, the least you could do is be grateful that I’m giving you warning we’re about to vomit. Maybe you could do something useful with that information, like get us out of here?

Me: I didn’t mean it in a mean way, just a factual way! Stop being so sensitive.


Me: Don’t give me the silent treatment.


Me: Look, I’m sorry.


Me: Please?

Anxiety: Huh? What are you saying? I’m not really listening right now because I’m trying to focus on us not throwing up, in front of all these people, maybe it would be going better if you helped me.

Me: Ughhhh.

Read the rest of the series:

Going Shopping #01

Job Hunting #02

Ordering Food #03

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42 thoughts on “Starbucks Sickness – Conversations With Anxiety #04

  1. Madi Dearson says:

    Been there done that:) the conversations in my head, I went through a few years without feeling it and then a few month back, on a very packed flight I felt it coming on. It’s not fun.I love your approach to it:) Make me wish I had written about it al those years but it never even occurred to me – I was so inside my head with it. You write this so well!

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  2. Shabri says:

    This whole series is amazing… So many people deal with anxiety and depression these days and some people don’t know how to deal with it and what to do about it… I recently made a blog about self love and skincare and lifestyle.. It would really mean a lot if u could just have a look on a poem that I made about self love ..maybe u could follow or like or comment if u want… But the most important thing is spreading the awareness of self love and u r making it so wonderful for people to relate to anxiety a d other stuff. Thankyou for being an inspiration , thankyou for being you❤

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  3. crystalsandcurls says:

    I love your installments in this series! I hate those self-fulfilling prophecy type moments when it’s like “something bad will happen if you don’t do ____” and then your brain fixates on it and almost makes it happen. I know it’s not the same, but it sounds kind of similar to the nausea xx

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