Recently I had the opportunity to interview former Bachelorette contestant Jamie Blyth about his experiences with panic and social anxiety disorder. Jamie appeared on the season with Trista and Ryan, the now famous "Bachelorette couple" who are still married and living in Colorado with their two children.
Jamie's advice for those with anxiety? Build your self-esteem. Put up a good fight. Monitor your self-talk. Eat well and exercise.
His recipe for success was a combination of tactics. He read inspirational quotes and biographies about successful people or those who had overcome enormous odds. He challenged himself and put himself in situations with people. Appearing on the Bachelorette was just one of those challenges.
Although not everyone will be capable of overcoming an anxiety disorder on their own like Jamie, his story is an inspiration. One of his favorite quotes sums it up: "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right".
Bachelorette fans... do you remember Jamie from the first season? What was your impression of him?
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