I’ve been enjoying the tremendous benefits of mindfulness since I first started meditating in summer 2014. We talk about it here and there on the blog and I wanted to bring it up again today, because I really think it helps so much with life!
First of all, if you are reading this and you suffer from anxiety, you should give meditation a try. It is proven by solid scientific research to alleviate anxiety and depression- in addition to tons of other benefits. Honestly the only benefit I ever cared about was alleviating my anxiety 🙂
I have decades of fearful reactions and negative thought patterns to undo, so I never run out of things to work on! Learning to dis-identify from all these old thoughts is what I am doing in my life every day! And sitting in meditation for a few minutes slows you down and helps you get in touch with your real self, so that you can start to do this:) Continue reading
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