Self-Care for an Anxious Tummy

Ahhhh, the nervous stomach. One of the trademark symptoms of anxiety. Right up there with shortness of breath and racing heartbeat. Feeling like your intestines are tying themselves in knots? Rabid psycho butterflies? Queasiness? Big ball of lead making itself at home right in the pit of your stomach? I’ve been there. That was actually one of my first ever symptoms of anxiety when I was in 6th or 7th grade. Most mornings I woke up with stomach cramps and nausea and as soon as my mom called me off school my symptoms magically disappeared. Everyone thought I was faking.…

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5 Mantras for Anxiety and Depression

If you’ve been through my Anxiety Workbook, then you know my story. Six years ago, I was a bundle of nerves and anxiety. It was crippling to the point that I found it hard to leave the house. I came to the point where I had to fix what was wrong in my life and I went on this amazing self-created Eat, Pray, Love journey that didn’t involve leaving my little corner of the world but did involve exposing myself to all sorts of different tools to begin to deal with everything that was wrong in my life. Slowly, my…

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You’re Doing So Good! How Positive Self-Talk Helps.

Here’s the thing – I live with anxiety and depression. I’ve made the choice to manage it holistically. This isn’t because I’m anti-prescription or anything of that sort. I firmly believe let what works for you work for you, no matter what it is. There are times that I’ve thought about going the medication route but I’m always like “Hm, let me try this first.” I like figuring myself out, like I’m this beat-up old car that’s a fixer upper. I like trying to find what works before I take myself into the shop, but I also know that if I…

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Self Care Toolbox: ASMR Videos

In case you missed it, I’ve been going through a period of intense stress + anxiety + depression. I have your regular run-of-the-mill anxiety which manifests itself in mostly social ways that overall, mildly affect me. I don’t like going out in groups, impulsively going to brand new places, talking on the phone – all fairly small signs of anxiety. However, I also have short periods of intense anxiety that last a few weeks – and involve borderline agoraphobia, sensory overload, exhaustion, lethargy, not wanting to ‘people’ at all, and an overall sense doom. These periods are always triggered by an…

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