Self-Care For Morning Anxiety

I suffer from morning anxiety. When I’m going through a bad period of anxiety it manifests itself in several ways. Sometimes it’s terrible nightmares, frequent migraines, panic attacks, general anxiety + sense of doom, and sometimes it’s morning anxiety. (For help with anxiety, check out my workbook – Breathe.) Morning anxiety is the worst of them all. Morning anxiety is caused (usually) by the steroid hormone, cortisol which is produced in the adrenal glands. We humans have this thing called the Cortisol Awakening Response. When we wake up, most of us have a sharp 38–75% increase of cortisol for about…

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Color Yourself Calm

I am always looking for ways to ease the thump-thump-thump of Stress and Anxiety against the front door of my brain. There’s nothing better than yelling. “Go away, I’m busy right now.” and having them actually listen. The other day I talked about how it’s important to find either mindful or mindless activities that allow you to re-direct your energy and attention to something positive. I’ve jumped on the coloring bandwagon! Who are we kidding? I’ve been on that bandwagon since Kindergarten when Corey Smith taught me how to color in the lines. Still, it’s been awhile since I pulled…

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Self-Care for Anxiety: Create a Nourishing Practice

This is an excerpt from my anxiety workbook Breathe which includes tons of self-care tips for anxiety. I have had anxiety for almost as far back as I can remember. In 6th grade, I vaguely remember my mom taking me to the doctor for the stomach aches that would, without fail, occur every morning before school. I missed a lot of school. I got chastised for faking it because as soon as I didn’t have to go to school I was magically better. My mom took me to the doctor and I remember him asking if I liked school. I…

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Why I Need Rock Bottom

Rock bottom. I’ve visited you a few times and every time the view changes. Sometimes I hit you hard and fast, with a big splat that takes the breath out of me and other times I land without realizing it until I look around. I’ve always pictured rock bottom as a dried up well. It’s almost like something out of the movie The Ring. It feels just as scary. I look up and I can see the circle of the sun and the blue sky way up above but I just can’t get there. Living with depression sometimes feels like…

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