Reader Question: The number one problem of having social anxiety for you?

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What would be the number one problem of having social anxiety for you?

The number one problem for me was that until I reached my mid 30s, I never really believed in myself. When I was younger I let social anxiety take over my world and it severely limited me.

To the point where I didn’t fully enjoy my youth and don’t feel I lived up to my full potential… :( Continue reading

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Almost Lost My Marbles This Weekend


I literally felt like I might lose my mind this past weekend. Oh the battles that wage inside this poor head of mine…

I went to a beach in New Jersey this past weekend with my husband for a day trip. It was supposed to be an overnight stay and just a couple’s weekend- us and my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. I was really, really looking forward to this weekend… Continue reading

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Returning to the Scene of a Panic Attack

Today let’s talk about returning to the scene of a panic attack. We’ve all had to do this, after all…

Here is a recent conversation I had on Facebook about this:

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Yay Michelle, way to go! :)

A few weeks ago, I had an episode of multiple severe panic attacks as I started working an extra shift at work in a different department. Continue reading

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Feeling Lonely- My Plan of Action


Lately I have been dealing with loneliness and I needed to make it stop.

Over the week or so, I notice some old noxious thought patterns starting to weasel their way into my head. I have been feeling lonely and separate from others, both at work and with my relatives and family. While I know these thoughts aren’t true, they feel real and in the moment I believe them… Continue reading

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Anxiety Recovery – Update


Haven’t been blogging for awhile- life has been really busy here. Since my last few posts – where I had a horrible resurgence of anxiety, I’m sure you might have been wondering how I’m doing! I received a number of emails and Facebook messages wishing me well. Thank you for your kind comments and concern. I really appreciate you! :)

I got back on track right after my severe panic attack experience… Continue reading

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After a Panic Attack- What to do


After the horrific panic attack explosion at work the other night, I find that my thoughts are starting to get a little crazy. These thoughts have the potential to ruin this day.

I can’t just hope everything will be ok, I have to show up to work later- and knowing what I know about my anxiety patterns, I must prepare and take action.

By the way, I have to throw in a little gratitude here. Thank God in heaven I have done this long enough to know what to do when I go off my rocker with anxiety. So while I certainly would prefer not to have to deal with this, it is what it is, and I am thankful I have tools to help me. Continue reading

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Anxiety at Work: the Monster Returns

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The monster returns. Last night I did an extra half shift in the Emergency Department to pick up some extra hours, and I had anxiety at work like a nuclear bomb. It was horrible. The shift started at 7pm and went till 1am.

The day at home was uneventful. Boring. I took the dog to the park, did a few errands, watched some TV. Started getting antsy, but no real trigger feelings going on. I was well rested, not hungry, not pms, not sick… Continue reading

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Plenty hard work

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

I just finished a very long day at work. I worked my a@@ off. :)

As most of you know, I am a nurse, and I am so thankful to be working! Coming home after a long shift feels amazingly satisfying.

My body and mind are exhausted, but it feels great. I feel proud that I served my patients well… Continue reading

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