Journey of Healing

Whenever I hit a wall in my life, my pledge to myself and to you my readers is to find a solution to get out of it. This builds up a practice of positivity and self care. And this momentum is what helps you heal.  When you have been dealing with anxiety and panic, I find this is the best way to help yourself. You have to DO something about how you feel, even if you don’t FEEL like it. Hell, especially if you don’t feel like it 😉

I read an article this morning and it resonated with me. Here is my take on it, in light of the massive setback I find myself in recently… Continue reading

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The Anxiety is Back, And Boy Does it Suck

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The other morning I decided to treat myself to my favorite yoga class. I knew as soon as I sat on my mat I didn’t feel good. As people started to fill up the room, I could feel myself getting more and more anxious. Class started and we were doing a quiet mediation. Then it happened, a full on, massive full body panic attack. Followed by another wave, then another. All in a room of complete silence. It SUCKED so bad.

But I stayed glued to my mat. I wanted to leave the class, and it was very, very hard to stay. But I knew inside if I did leave I would only feel better for a moment, and I would beat myself up later.

The panic subsided, as it always does. I felt a few pangs of it during the class, but overall it was a great success. I finished the class feeling quite drained but glad that I had persisted despite the fear. Continue reading

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Doing Byon Katie’s The Work for Panic Attacks

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The last 3 days at work were long and I had some intense periods of anxiety. I was well able to handle it though. Before I went into work, I examined my thoughts by writing them down. I did Byron Katie’s The Work.

A little background info- my husband is still going through a depression. His job is on the line and while he missed the first round of lay offs, he feels certain that it won’t be long before he is unemployed. Also, he has been battling Crohn’s disease for a few years and he still isn’t in remission. Last year involved 2 hospitalizations because he had bowel obstructions.

To put it mildly, life hasn’t been a bowl of cherries around here, lol. :)

I have been doing whatever I can to keep my mind healthy. When I noticed my mind was starting to go to that dark place and I knew I was prone to anxiety and panic I knew I had to take action.

Here is the exercise I did: Continue reading

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Anxiety Triggers- When They Change Over Time, What to do

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As we make our way on our journey out of the hell that is living with frequent panic attacks and anxiety, we may find that our anxiety triggers change over time. What used to make you panic just doesn’t anymore. Of course that is such a huge relief!

But now that you’re getting better, you may find that new things pop up and they leave you feeling anxious again. Or you have a minor setback..Once more, anxiety seems to be rearing its ugly head, and it leaves you feeling unsettled.

So what can you do? A lot actually :) Continue reading

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Creating the Life You Want

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Today we’re going to talk about taking positive action steps- to easily create the life you want and deserve!

Over the past Christmas I went to visit my brother in Chicago. I picked up a magazine at the airport to help pass the time. There was an article I read in it about writing down your 10 best life goals on paper day. You write them in the present tense, very simply stated, and as if the goal were already met.

The act of writing embeds the words and thoughts into your subconscious, which is where the magic happens. Your subconscious believes the words, and as you continue this exercise daily, you will see that the things you write about will come to pass.

Last night I wrote down 7 goals for my life, for this year 2015, that I want to make happen.

My goals are to be happy in my life emotionally, happy in my family, happy and successful at work, and healthy. I want a healthy marriage and for my husband and I to both have good jobs.

Tonight I will rewrite these goals, and continue each night.

This is taking positive action to create the life I want. I will turn 50 at the end of this year, and I intend to make 49 the very best year possible for me. Continue reading

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Thankful Thursday Holdiay Edition 2014

winter woodsMore and more I am learning that being in a state of gratitude is such an antidote to unhappiness, stress, anxiety, you name it. With that in mind, I think it’s high time for the 2015 Thankful Thursday Holiday Edition! :-)

Be grateful. Be grateful every day. Get still and cultivate a feeling of appreciation for yourself, your body, your mind, your life. Being alive feels so wonderful. Feel the rhythm of your breath, listen to your heartbeat as you sit quietly.

Just take a few minutes as you read this post and let yourself feel appreciative and happy. That is the feeling of being grateful. When you are grateful, you are in a very positive mindset. This is a powerful way to live, and it protects you from all unhappiness… Continue reading

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Doing The Work for Panic Attacks & Anxiety

without your story you're perfectly fineOver the past few weeks I have been feeling a lot of angst and a lot of self pity. Old tapes in my psyche of feeling isolated have been haunting me day and night. This leads to nervousness and anxiety. And all this was making my life extremely unpleasant to live.

I really wanted to feel better but I hadn’t been able to figure out what to do. Then a few nights ago while I was lying awake (again) thinking about the sad state of affairs that is my life (again, an old tape that plays in my head that is not true- but in the wee hours of the night, is very convincing), I remembered the beautiful soul Byron Katie and her method of Inquiry known as The Work. I have done this exercise before – when my daughter was getting ready to go away to college- and it really helped me. So I decided to give myself this gift again.

Specifically I am going to do a Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet (You can download one for yourself here). I watched a video on Katie’s website where her daughter explains how to fill in this sheet, so I am going to give it a whirl now… Continue reading

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How to End Constant Worrying

worrying-and-tomorrows-peaceDo you ever suffer with constant worrying? When you go over something in your head that is bothering you and just can’t make it stop?

Today we’ll talk about how to stop worrying. How to get out of that state and replace it with something positive and productive. :)

You should know that recently I found myself in this worrying state and it does nothing but make me feel bad. And when I get into a habit of worrying, it can then go right into anxiety. Once that takes over this can be a set up for a really tough day.

With my new full time position at work- a new transition- this is what I’ve been going through lately. A lot of self doubt and worry.

After a few days of feeling bad because of being riddled with worry, I decided I had to do something about it. I can’t just be worrying all the time and expect to be productive and happy. I needed to break this cycle… Continue reading

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