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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Making Good Choices With Your Mind

The-happiness-of-your-life-depends-upon-the-quality-of-your-thoughtsOur minds are wonderful tools. Remembering to use our minds wisely- especially when we don’t feel great- can be a challenge. Using our minds wisely means to make good choices with where we choose to focus our thoughts and attention. It’s easy to get sucked into negativity.

But remember that we always have the power to make good choices with our minds. We can always choose to change our focus from something negative to positive

Yesterday I was at the gym. I had one half hour to get in some exercise before I had to go in to work. So I just got on an elliptical machine and started going… Continue reading

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Tackling Emotional Eating with Saffron

stressed_is_desserts_spelled_backwards-570x370All spring and summer I found myself doing a lot of emotional eating. Thankfully I didn’t gain a lot of weight, but I ate late almost every night and too heavily and then went to bed feeling full and disgusted. I would find I still felt bloated and gross the next morning.

I am now sporting a mini muffin top, you know that roll of fat around the tummy area? Yes it’s lovely. Well, there is diabetes in my family, and being a nurse, I know that belly fat is a huge factor in developing type II diabetes. So this emotional eating habit is something I really wanted to work on… Continue reading

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Yesterday I got the very good news that my lump is benign. So very grateful. Thank you Lord and thank you to everyone who sent a prayer or good wish. :-)

The procedure I had done is called a core needle biopsy. I did not have a good experience. Something went wrong and the doctor hit an area with no numbing medicine. The machine jumped and hit a nerve or something. I bled a lot and it was very painful. My boob is still bruised and sore.

It just so happens that 2 other girls that I work with also had breast biopsies last week. One of them- her name is Sue- a very sweet girl who I like a lot-  found out she has invasive breast cancer. She is going to Sloane Kettering today with her husband. :(

So very sad for her news. She is around my age and has 2 young adult children. She looked so fragile and scared to me at work yesterday. I know she is trying to be brave for her family.

I just can’t believe how pervasive breast cancer is in our society today. God bless all the brave women who have to fight this battle.

I wish you peace,

Jill G.

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I’m Throwing Out My Old Journals

I started keeping a diary at age 10. I got my first one as a Christmas present- it was a One Year Diary- with a fancy maroon cover and gold writing. It came with a tiny little lock and key.

I loved it and wrote in it faithfully almost every day. When I finished that diary the following December, there was a shiny new one wrapped under the tree.

Once I outgrew the little lock and key variety, i just started journaling in notebooks. Over the years I filled up tons of them.

Lately I feel compelled to get rid of junk and clutter that’s just laying. I found myself going thorough the back of my closet and skimming through years and years of dusty old journals. I truly don’t want to hold onto my sad story any longer. I made it a point to scan through every notebook before I put it in the trash pile. But interestingly, I am finding very little that I think is worth keeping… Continue reading

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Working the Program 3 Months In

pathI’ve been working the 60 Second Panic Solution daily to the best of my ability for about three months now. Yesterday was an amazing day at work. It was one of those completely anxiety free days. I felt light and happy.

It was as if all the work I’ve been doing lately really paid off. Not a twinge of anxiety whatsoever. :)

I was acutely aware of how wonderful it felt to have no cloud of tension or feeling of anxiety threatening me at every corner of my thoughts and mind.

So it really was astonishing when my favorite co-worker sat me down and broke the news that she’s leaving our unit. She is going to apply for a position in a different department because there will be no evening or on call hours. She is a single mom and it will be so good for her and her kindergarten aged daughter. Continue reading

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