Archive for September, 2011

The ‘Take a Chill Pill’ Comment: Funny or Offensive?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

How would you handle a “chill pill” joke? Would you be offended? Would you laugh it off? Would you pull out your bottle of Xanax and give it a little shake? Would you use it as an opportunity to teach others about your anxiety disorder?

Small Victories: Exposing Myself to a Freezing-Cold Grocery Store

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Is it weird that I’m sitting on my laptop and blogging from the grocery store? I mean, it’s not like I’ve hunkered down in aisle 9 next to the instant oatmeal. I’m here in the grocery store’s cafe trying to expose myself to panic triggers.

6 Ways to Stress Less About Your Email Inbox at Work

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Virtually all of my work assignments would arrive via email. And perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad if I were only responsible for a inbox…but at my peak, I was working a total of six additional inboxes. Yes. SIX ADDITIONAL INBOXES.

Don’t Just Sit There On the Exam Table: Ask Questions!

Friday, September 16th, 2011

After you ask these questions and receive sufficient answers, there’s a paradigm shift: the doctor no longer puts you on medication. Instead, you choose to accept the doctor’s medication suggestion. (Instead of being sent to camp, you go to camp.)

Retraining My Panicky Self: The Grocery Store is Not a Threat

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The bright lights. The swarms of shoppers. The long, tall aisles that leave you with nowhere to hide. (I could go on…and I will.)

The Susquehanna River is Going to Flood & I’m Feeling Helpless

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Anxiety disorders become more poignant during natural disasters — whether you’re in the direct path or not.

From Anxiety to ‘Flow’ in Genealogy Research

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Have you ever immersed yourself so deeply in a task that you don’t notice the world around you? Maybe you forget to eat a meal (because you honestly didn’t even notice that you were hungry!). Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls this flow.

Lessons From Our Pets: Self-Care and Relaxation

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The last time I took a nap on a bed of paper was in grad school, in the library, on a wide splay of photocopied research studies from various communication periodicals.

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