Managing Anxiety About the Corona Virus

I had someone on Instagram message me. She’s in Italy, under quarantine, and she’s scared. She asked me if I could make something to help her and her younger family members handle the fear and anxiety about the corona virus or (Covid-19). And truly, I didn’t know what to say because I’m scared and anxious too. It’s like my Anxiety has a whole new host of storylines to obsess about and play in my head. Saying “Don’t Worry” doesn’t make us not worry. So I’m going to do some research and share the best tips I can find for me and for you. First, let’s talk about how the CDC recommends dealing with stress and anxiety right now. Here’s a list the CDC created. Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage. Take care of your body by doing all of the the things that calm you down. Deep breathing, meditation, stretching,…

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Self-Care for Sensory Overload

Growing up with a younger brother on the autism spectrum, I was no stranger to sensory overload. He still (even to this day) can’t wear certain fabrics like denim, can’t eat certain foods, and is sensitive to sounds and colors. I remember how, when he was younger, we’d wrap him in a blanket (much like swaddling) and we’d make a game of it, pretending that he was a hotdog and we’d name all of the things we were gonna put on him. Being wrapped up like that instantly calmed him down. We learned what a sensory overload meltdown looked like and how to help him feel better. In my teens, I developed anxiety and I was constantly overwhelmed by so many things. Especially in public places with lots of sounds. As an adult, my anxiety was worse. There were days when I was so anxious I felt like I was…

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Anxiety Challenge and an Ultimate Anxiety Guide

Good morning you lovely beings. I’ve been deep into my anxiety work lately. It’s been an anxious period for me the last few months and I’ve really no idea why, so what does that mean? It’s time to go back to the basics and I’ve got a free anxiety challenge for you! Anxiety disorder is a funny thing with many aspects and it effects different people differently. Sometimes I am anxious for no reason, which means I need to focus on reorganizing my life, making sure that I’m making enough time for sleep, relaxation, and self-care. Other times I am anxious about something specific and that requires more mental maneuvering like positive self-talk and reassuring. And don’t forget to check out my anxiety workbook, Breathe. 30 Day Anxiety Challenge This challenge actually appears in my Anxiety Workbook but I’m really proud of it so I wanted to share it here…

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Self-Care for Mental Health

I’ve been talking about how May is Mental Health Awareness Month and how passionate I am about starting conversations about mental health and also importantly, how self-care relates to mental health. (Check out my Anxiety Workbook: Breathe, for a ton of coping skills and worksheets) I’ve had mental health issues since I hit puberty at age 11. I didn’t know what anxiety and depression were and my mental health issues caused me to completely socially isolate myself, develop extreme anger issues, and eventually I sought to “balance” my mental health by finding the “perfect” relationship. 19 year-old me thought that if I could just find someone to love me all of my depression issues would simply fade away. That was a journey fraught with disappointment, as you can imagine. Eventually, I realized that wasn’t going to work. I took a really honest look at my life and I realized that…

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