16 years ago today my life changed forever. What follows is that story... Not Dying Was Easy—Surviving Was the Hard Part I wonder sometimes what might have been if I'd taken my normal route home; if I'd swerved faster; if I'd not been driving on the spare; but, I didn't, I couldn't, and I was, … Continue reading Not Dying Was Easy. Surviving Was the Hard Part – 16 Years Ago Today
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)
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
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
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 (with COVID-era upate)
Change is good, right?! I started this blog almost 10 years ago when I was in the midst of one of the worst periods of anxiety and depression that I'd ever experienced. In the beginning, the blog was a way for me to get my thoughts out of my head and on to "paper" -- … Continue reading Changes — They Are a-Comin’!
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
One of the things I struggle with most in my life--one of the things I think we all struggle with--is self-perception. It's not necessarily that the way we perceive ourselves is bad or negative, but a lot of the time, I think they way we perceive ourselves is, quite simply, inaccurate. That is something we … Continue reading Lessons from Star Wars–“You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned”: How Self-Perception Can Change Everything
In my last post, I wrote that I would be starting an intensive outpatient treatment program for anxiety and depression soon. Soon has come! I began the program on Monday, and completed the third day yesterday. One of the rules of the program is that I not discuss treatment outside of the group--with anyone. So, … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, part 5: A Road to Wellness (Here We Go)
In an effort to help myself with my ever-present anxiety, I have started meditating. I'm trying to do it every day--that's the goal. I'm mostly succeeding at that. I've missed a couple of days, but not too many. I try to do it first thing in the morning before I get moving and before my brain really … Continue reading Meditation Is Good For the….LOOK! A SQUIRREL!!