Don’t sweat it.

For as long as I can remember, being sweaty has always been one of my biggest concerns, I’ve always been a bit on the sweaty side and it’s something that’s always worried me and stays at the forefront of my mind. Something that’s held me back.

I sweat profusely when I feel anxious. It’s one of the main triggers of my mental illness. Even before I was diagnosed with a mental illness I knew I sweat more than the average person, and worried about it more than what was normal, but I always kept it to myself.

At school, I’d literally apply deodorant roughly 4/5 times a day, I never smell of body odour; my body just has a mind of its own and produces an unnecessary amount of water for the hell of it. I remember always being majorly paranoid about sweat patches under my armpits. It was a blessing in disguise for me when it became compulsory that we all wore blazers in our final year because then at least I didn’t have to worry about visible sweat patches under the pits. Isn’t it crazy that we obsess over such frivolous things?

Social dancing at school: my palms would sweat like mad and I’d be so worried about holding hands with the guys. Trying on clothes in changing rooms: dread every millisecond of it because I’m a sticky sweaty mess. Wearing make up: is it just going to sweat off? Will I need to take everything with me in case I need to reapply? Exercising: am I sweating more than the average person? Public transport: sweatfest.

I’ve always been weary of wearing grey. Which sucks because I love grey. Now it goes further than that though and I worry about wearing red, purple, blue – it’s easier just to stick to black. Nobody notices as much.

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I’ve chose this image for this particular post as this was the day I met my friend and fellow blogger, Abbey, for the first time. I think I was the sweatiest I’ve ever been and I was so self-conscious about it the whole day. I was too worried to lift my arms up because I knew I had sweat patches, I never took as many photos as I would have liked to because I was so paranoid about how sweaty I was and well, I guess this photo just felt relevant to this post.

I get myself in such a flap whenever I stop to talk to someone I haven’t spoken to in a while, if I go to family functions, if I have to speak aloud in front of people, if I have to speak on the phone, if I have to do something out of my comfort zone – I just sweat like crazy. I can feel it and it’s horrible and then I sweat more because I’m freaking out about it. As I’m getting older, and I’m on medication for anxiety and depression, it’s got worse. It’s the biggest trigger. I just sweat like there’s no tomorrow.

It’s always on my mind. It’s always there. I’m always thinking about it.

Sweat is natural though, right? And I’d never have envisaged me writing a post, publicly, declaring that I’m a sweaty senorita to the whole of the internet but I ain’t the only one. My body is not the only body who suffers from this kind of thing. I seen a poor girl on Instagram talking about, and she was properly beating herself up about being sweaty constantly, and I just had to reach out to her because SAME GIRL! Don’t sweat it, fellow sweater over here!

It’s hard when we compare ourselves to others. We look at other folk and think ‘gosh, I’d love to wear they grey leggings, but my big sweaty ass would be totally visible’. ‘how can other girls wear a full face of make up in this heat?’ ‘did they just get up without checking their seat for sweat marks? HOW?’. But remember, we all have our own ‘issues’. Everyone is paranoid/insecure about something. Yeah, we might sweat more than the average person, but we might have other traits that people wish they had. Or didn’t have. It’s part of life.

I sweat when I’m cold. I sweat when I’m hot. I sweat when I’m flustered, under pressure, uncomfortable, anxious. I sweat because I’m sweating. It is what it is.

I’m learning to accept my body, learn it’s ways, not give a flying fuck anymore. I’m just letting my body do it’s thing because at the end of the day – it is my body’s way of telling me that everything is working fine, I’m healthy, it’s just taking precautions to make sure all is good in the inside. So, if you’re also a sweaty gal, or guy – don’t let it get you down. Don’t sweat it. Just think, if you weren’t sweating, something wouldn’t be right. It’s natural and you are most definitely not on your own. 

I always thought I was. Turns out I was wrong. I’m totally sweating right now at the thought of publishing this, my sweaty fingers sticking to the keys, but here goes nothing!

Until next time,

Charlene McElhinney

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9 Comments

  1. July 30, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Ahhhh Charlene if you were sweaty on our day out in Edinburgh, I didn’t even notice it! You looked gorgeous in your red top – it suited you so much! I loved taking photos with you and exploring the city, it was honestly one of the biggest highlights of my trip! I always feel that the things we’re most insecure about when it comes to ourselves are things that many other people don’t even notice! For example, I’m really self conscious about the fact that my eyes wrinkle up underneath when I smile, I always feel like I have the hugest eye bags in the world because of it but so many of my friends have said that they didn’t even notice this until I pointed it out! Sweating is a totally natural thing and I think you’re doing an amazing thing by talking about an insecurity so open and honestly, so many people are going to be so comforted by this post!

    Abbey xxxx

  2. sunshinesarahxo
    July 30, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Hey babe.
    You are gorgeous & i have honestly never noticed your sweat whenever we have been together. Like you say it’s natural & you shouldn’t be nervous about it at all. When I was bigger I used to sweat alot & like you i worried about it constantly but thankfully now it’s nowhere near as bad but I still do suffer to an extent now. It does get to me but i try not to worry about it!
    Fabulous post honeypie.
    Love you loads
    Sarah xoxo

  3. Julia
    August 1, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    You are gorgeous and honestly like you said it’s completely natural! You shouldn’t worry about it at all, I’m learning not to worry as much but I just feel so much more anxious when I’m sweatier. It’s just a bit of a cycle when the anxious feeling is a great contributor towards it! It still gets to me but I’m trying to stop it from impacting my wardrobe choices. I think you’ve done such an amazing thing by talking about your insecurities so openly on here and it inspires me so much with how you’re being so honest about it all, it’s such a comfort to me so thank you x

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  4. August 2, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    You are so beautiful Charlene! Sweating is something everyone does, it is a natural human action. I am really happy that you shared this post, that you felt comfortable enough to face this and not let it hold you back any more. Can’t wait to read more of your posts x

  5. August 2, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    You are absolutely stunning and I’m so glad that you’re finally beginning to have the ‘fuck it’ attitude! Let’s face it everyone sweats yes maybe some do more than others but there’s nothing you can do to stop it so why worry about it! Also well done you for writing such an honest post I really enjoyed reading this!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  6. August 2, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I am so in love with your honesty in this post, as soon as I feel sweaty I am done, I feel like everyone is staring at me and what a mess I am, it’s so crap! You’ve made me feel so much better knowing I’m not alone xx

  7. August 2, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Just wanted to add a comment of support here! I love your “just fuck it” attitude – and you look gorgeous in your pic above.

    Like you I am really sweaty when left to my own devices. I have vivid memories as a teenager of discreetly touching a droplet of water to the fabric of clothes I wanted to buy to check whether it showed the sweat, and being mortified when the lights suddenly went up at the youth club disco, exposing my full on dancing sweat to everyone!

    I hope you take this in the spirit that it’s intended: I found Driclor to be a miracle product. It totally changed my life – a few applications at the start stopped me sweating from my underarms totally. I’ve been using it for 15 years or more – and nowadays I use it once overnight every other month or so. That’s just enough to top it up and stop underarm sweat altogether. You have to be careful to follow the instructions exactly, as it can give painful rash if your underarms aren’t totally dry when you apply it. And it can sting at the start. But I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    Not a glamouroys product but a necessity (and no, I’m not paid to promote it!)

  8. August 2, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I think this could be SO much more common thing than people think! When I’m sat at my desk at work I’m CONSTANTLY paranoid, especially with this hot weather! I do pole fitness which it really doesn’t help with, I am one SLIPPERY GAL

  9. August 3, 2018 / 5:36 am

    I really relate to this post. I too am a sweaty senorita!! I find it so embarrassing. I carry a little fan around with me and use it on the train etc. People are always looking at me like I’m an alien, I mean, it’s just a fan!!
    I’m so glad you felt you could share this with us. So we know it’s not just us!!! Thank you xx

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