Question: Jill, I was curious if you don’t mind my asking. Do you take any medications? I do not but sometimes I wonder if it would help. I did take Paxil 17 years ago & I would say that is when I gained a lot of ground. Medication or not….that is the question. lol… I’d love your thoughts.
Answer: Yes I do. But only on an as needed basis. A 30 day supply of of Klonopin lasts me 6 months or more. Taking medication for anxiety is highly personal- meaning, there is no “one size fits all” solution. I know that a lot of doctors prescribe antidepressants (SSRI’s) for long term chronic anxiety. I have taken Prozac and then Celexa in the past. I am not currently taking an antidepressant.
Despite going through a lot of family and personal drama last summer, I am in a surprisingly good space, anxiety- wise. I attribute that to my consistency in sitting down to meditate for 6 minutes every morning, going to the gym a few times a week for exercise, and showing up to work every day (where I interact with my friends, coworkers and patients). I also make sure to get out and socialize at least once every month or two. Continue reading
Waiting in lines- at the post office, the grocery store, to go to communion, for the traffic light to change. Anxiety and waiting is one of the most common and frightening experiences for anxiety sufferers. Today we’ll look at anxiety and waiting, both why it freaks us out, and what we can do about it.
I used to absolutely dread Continue reading
Today we’re talking about choosing kindness & doing the right thing, even when it doesn’t necessarily get noticed. And how by doing this, it puts YOU in a better mood, a higher vibrational field (where negativity doesn’t affect you), and can be a bright spot in your day.
I have a 9 year old German Shepard named Buddy who loves to go for walks.
This morning I took Buddy for a walk at a nearby elementary school, where he can run off leash. It’s a few miles from the house so we have to drive there. I parked the car and let him out so he could go do his business, while I got the car locked. He immediately ran over to the school and made a poop.
I went over to pick it up, but for whatever reason I couldn’t find it. Buddy was all excited for his walk, jumping up and down and crying and carrying on. Since the dirty deed was done was right by the car and no one comes to the school yard this early, I figured we could go for our walk and I’d look later. Continue reading
This post is going to show you how to consciously deal with an angry person. The question here is about an angry, depressed husband. But you can substitute anyone here for husband- coworker, friend, mother, sister, neighbor, etc.
Jade said: Making strides…hubby has been depressed and grumpy at me for 3 days.
His life is changing big time right now.
Proud to say that I have not reacted unlovingly or with my ego. Once I had to walk away and seek solitude though. But I soothed myself and it is starting to work. Any advice?
Jill said: Good girl Jade! I know and have lived your situation. Continue reading
Things have smoothed out around here since my parents’ quick visit and trip into NYC for my Dad’s annual cancer check up. I am sleeping better and doing better overall.
Then yesterday we had a massive snowstorm. We knew about it well in advance so thankfully all the OR cases were cancelled- so I got the day off. My husband’s job also closed so he was home all day here with me.
Being snowed in is never a pleasant situation for two people that are not in a great place in their relationship. Especially since we have had more than enough of winter and snow around here. Everyone is sick of winter.
And I am really thankful that I thought about it beforehand. I wanted to do my very best not to go into negativity, or get sucked into any negativity coming from my husband.
I used the day as an experiment, a spiritual practice— I did my best to practice mindfulness and stay in the present.
And I did something cool with my breathing that really helped me and I wanted to share with you today… Continue reading
Do you struggle from a painful past and wish to heal from it? Today I’ll share how I’m healing from my past, how I found inner peace, and also show you the simplest way to heal from emotional pain that anyone can do…
The fact that I experience peace of mind regularly in my life today is truly miraculous to me. This is not something that I take lightly, or for granted for that matter. What I consider my spiritual awakening started in the spring of 2014. It didn’t happen in a church or temple or some grand spiritual setting. It happened while I was alone painting my dining room on a sunny spring morning… Continue reading