Struggling, Discouraged, & Generally Feeling Like Something of a Nobody

Yeah....sorry about the melodramatic title, but if you've been reading my blog long enough then you know I have a penchant for drama. *shrug* It's who I am. I apologized for it for years. I'm not going to apologize anymore. I'm struggling... It's been a while since I've posted anything. There are a lot of … Continue reading Struggling, Discouraged, & Generally Feeling Like Something of a Nobody

Pencils Down, Your Time Is Up: 5 (+1) Strategies to Overcome Test Anxiety (A Reader Request)

For the first time in almost 10 years writing this blog, I've had a reader request that I address a particular topic! So, of course, I am very happy to oblige, especially since this particular topic is one that is very important to me as both an educator and a student--TEST ANXIETY!! I suppose that … Continue reading Pencils Down, Your Time Is Up: 5 (+1) Strategies to Overcome Test Anxiety (A Reader Request)

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Finding the Time and Tenacity to Get Well

Most people who suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks (panic disorder) are the typical, tightly wound, Type a personality. Actually, all personality types have some level of tendency toward anxiety and stress about some thing according to Tanya J. Peterson, author of The Mindfulness Workbook For Anxiety. But, Type A's are highly susceptible to the stressors … Continue reading Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Finding the Time and Tenacity to Get Well

The Things We Say to Ourselves, part 2: 5 Positive Statements You Should ABSOLUTELY Say Every Day

Last week I wrote about 5 Negative Statements You Should Stop Saying Right Now.  So, I wanted to follow that post up this week with 5 Positive Statements You Should Absolutely Say Every Day. When I was in high school, there was a skit on Saturday Night Live called "Daily Affirmations with Stewart Smalley." Stewart Smalley … Continue reading The Things We Say to Ourselves, part 2: 5 Positive Statements You Should ABSOLUTELY Say Every Day

The Things We Say To Ourselves: 5 Negative Statements You Should Stop Saying Right Now

People with anxiety and depression are notoriously bad about saying terrible things about ourselves. Most of the time, we say those things to ourselves.  Oftentimes we excuse this negative talk by saying we're just being "realistic" or "trying not to get our hopes up" about something. But, the problem is that with every negative word we … Continue reading The Things We Say To Ourselves: 5 Negative Statements You Should Stop Saying Right Now

3 Things People With Anxiety Do That People With Anxiety Should Never Do

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attacks, and depression can be a real mine field for people who suffer with them. Often times, the very things we want to do and feel an irresistible urge to do are the very worst things to do. That's what is so insidious about these illnesses--they become a vicious cycle of self-defeating behaviors … Continue reading 3 Things People With Anxiety Do That People With Anxiety Should Never Do

5 (+1) Tips To Reduce Anxiety on the First Day of School

It's that time again... Back to School! The first day of school is just around the corner (already here in some places), and for students, parents, and teachers alike, knowing that first day of school is coming can produce a lot anxiety and sometimes enough stress to make you sick! But it doesn't have to be that … Continue reading 5 (+1) Tips To Reduce Anxiety on the First Day of School

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 8: Making Amends and Knowing When It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

In traditional 12 Step recovery programs, two of the steps are dedicated to righting the wrongs that have been done--or at least acknowledging them, apologizing for them, and, if possible, making some sort of reparation (not necessarily monetarily) for them. Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 8: Making Amends and Knowing When It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 7: Sometimes We Fail

Sometimes, we fail. When I started this series over a year ago, I made a commitment to total transparency. Share everything (that is appropriate to share), hide nothing. Because only when we are totally honest with ourselves, with the people who love and care for us, and with the people who are helping us, can … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 7: Sometimes We Fail

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 6: The Myth of Safety

In my previous posts in this series (links available at the end of this post), I've written a lot about many of the facets of my struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. But, one of the things I haven't yet addressed is one of the myths that people who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 6: The Myth of Safety