Being a person

It's been a long time since I've been to a party with no kids and no real time constraints.Until this weekend.Our friends The Wallins have somewhat concurrent birthdays, so they had planned a big party for this past Saturday....more

Anxiety in WOMEN (not men) puts brain in overdrive and (negatively) affects cognitive performance

As someone who has been plagued by anxiety all my life, I can tell you that this study does and doesn't surprise me.What doesn't surprise me is that women are 2X as likely as men to have anxiety disorders. Or that anxious women had more electrical activity in their brains during tasks than nonanxious women.What DID surprise me is that:1. anxious men didn't show any excess activity (like anxious women did)2. anxious men and women both performed about the same on the easy tasks3. on the more difficult tasks, worried women did worse than worried men...more

This Is Not Trash

  This is not trash. ...more

Reality

One of my biggest secrets is that I constant battle with anxiety. Depression is in the mix too but anxiety is the main contender. I used to love those little commercials that chalked it up to a chemical imbalance. They made so much sense. Nothing is really wrong, I'm just chemically imbalanced.But in the heat of it, I was in danger of losing my job and I could not bring myself to leave the apartment. Then I could not bring myself to leave my room. I would sleep and wake at strange hours and fell victim to a slew of random illnesses....more
You guys are so sweet. It's good to know I'm not the only one out there. Thank you for reading :)more

Don’t Panic!

There is always something in the news or on TV to scare us. Hysterical articles in the media sell papers, and attract eyeballs to websites, but are usually exaggerating the facts. If you listen without evaluating what you’re being told, it’s easy to become frightened. There's a reason why I don’t usually waste time and energy on panic and drama. In my office, I see the negative results of panic every day. People get upset, they're afraid of emotional consequences, and they overreact, which can actually create the consequences they fear....more

Frozen Moments

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, and the impending summer "break" looms nearby, I find myself wondering what new and unbelievably embarrassing scenarios I have waiting for me in the near future....more

The Funny Thing About Fear

The Funny Thing About Fear At 5:18 a.m. this morning, I opened my eyes and instantly knew I would not doze back off again.  Rather than lie there for the next 27 minutes waiting for my alarm to go off, I rolled out of bed and stumbled downstairs to visit my best friend, Mr. Keurig.  After feeding Mr....more

Finding the Peace in my Past, Present and Future

A good friend of mine posted this quote on her Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago and I have been thinking about it since:If you are depressed you are living in the past.If you are anxious you are living in the future.If you are at peace you are living in the present.Lao Tzu~ Ancient Chinese philosopher and author of the spiritual text, Tao Te Cheng....more
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The Cat Assumption

“Ev’rybody wants to be a cat!” – From the movie The Aristocats My heart is filled with so much anxiety lately. Last night I wasn’t able to sleep. There are so many things on my mind, so many things I have to do, so many things that are left undone. Whenever I would close my eyes to get to sleep, my mind would spin over everything again and again, and there I would be, wide awake…again.  It’s 4am, I have to get to sleep, I have to go to work in the morning....more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com Oh Robin, thanks so much! It's great seeing you here and your comment. I'm ...more

You Don't Belong Here

It's funny how when you're a teenager, going through your awkward phase decade, you think "I can't wait to be a little older.  I'll be so much more confident when I'm older/in college/married."  And then you get older/graduated/married and you still haven't shaken those feelings. ...more
 @rachelthegreat That's a great perspective.  It's easy to get hung up on the things around me ...more
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