How to Have a Midlife Crisis in 10 Easy Steps

I've never been overly concerned about my age, or aging in general. It's true. A lot of people have something of a rude awakening when they turn 30. Not me. I was fine with it--it was just another year in my life. The same was true at 40. So, for me anyway, age and aging … Continue reading How to Have a Midlife Crisis in 10 Easy Steps

Not Dying Was Easy. Surviving Was the Hard Part – 16 Years Ago Today

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

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)

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

5 (+1) Tips To Reduce Anxiety on the First Day of School (with COVID-era upate)

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)

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

Getting All Third-Persony About It

Sorry for the delay in posts the last week or so. I've been a little busy trying to start my life all over again, 'n' stuff. (A quick note to new readers: anytime you see words underlined or in a different color, you can click on them to read something related to the current post. Okay, … Continue reading Getting All Third-Persony About It