Life With Anxiety – Locking the Door

As you know, anxiety is something that I’ve lived with since I was 11. That would be 22 years, for those keeping track. My anxiety presented pretty early. It revolved around school. I had chronic stomach aches every single morning. It made me anxious to speak up in class. (You can read more about it in my Anxiety workbook). I was always worried about everything, my grades, failure, making friends or rather, not making friends. Anxiety and I are old friends. For the most part, we don’t talk very much anymore and we rarely ever see each other, but lately,…

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How to Cope With Dental Anxiety

I talked about this on social media, but I wanted to talk about it a little more.Let’s talk about one of the hidden symptoms of anxiety and depression… it makes you lose your teeth. Not directly, but it’s often a symptom. For me, I was pretty depressed through out my teens and early 20s so oral hygiene wasn’t at the top of my list. And anxiety. Anxiety meant that to make a dentist’s appointment, I had to talk on the phone (horrifying) to a stranger (even more horrifying) and make an appointment that would give me anxiety every day up…

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How to Deal With the Death of a Loved One

Have you been a reader for a while? Then you might know that I just came upon the one-year anniversary of my mother’s death. It never really gets easier. I think I’ve learned that the first year is the hardest. It’s getting through all of those initial hurdles. The first birthday, mother’s day, holiday season… that punched-in-the-gut feeling hits you on those days. I think the second time around might be easier. Just a bit. Losing someone you love is painful. Often it’s so painful that you can feel it physically. No one ever really tells you about that –…

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Anxiety & Self Care

Morning you beautiful people! Today I present to you a guest post by the talented Josephine from Crazy Whole Life. Five years ago I would have laughed at the idea that I would be diagnosed with anxiety. A huge part of my identity was that I was someone who didn’t stress. I was the peacemaker in our family, the responsible oldest child, and the calm eye of every hurricane. So when I started having anxiety symptoms I assumed I was having a heart attack (one that went on for days, weeks, and then months). I went so far as to…

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