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Feeling Crappy About Winter, Part 2: Grumble Along With Me

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Sure, I can give you all sorts of great tips for managing anxiety — stuff I’ve learned through therapy, reading, and experience — but sometimes I’m just flummoxed by my own moods.


Feeling Crappy About Winter, Part 1: Drowning In All The Messiness

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Call this “ars bloggetica”, if you will. Am I, as a mental health blogger, obligated to stay on the shiny side? Am I allowed to be pessimistic and negative?


Anxiety’s Complex Root System: From Green Shoot To Buried Root

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

What? Whaaaat? I can barely plan for tomorrow and now, suddenly, I have to think about five years down the road?


Hurricane Sandy, You’re Making Me Nervous!

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

While soaking in all of this information might help to make me more certain, it definitely jars my nerves.


How to Transform a Mouse Into a Bear: Are You Amplifying Your Mice?

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

How to Transform a Mouse Into a Bear: Are You Amplifying Your Mice?As an adult, I definitely understand the logic of how small things sound like big things at night.

It’s the Contrast Principle in effect: during the day, there are so many sounds in nature that we’re unlikely to hear a tiny mouse scurrying near our feet. But at night, with its absence of light, dull orchestra of crickets, and an imagination open wide, tiny sounds get amplified by our minds.

As we learned in my last blog post, in a tent full of scared eleven-year-old Girl Scouts at summer camp, a field mouse scurrying through the leaves = a big hungry bear searching for a late-night snack. At the right (or, well, wrong) thoughts and a tiny mouse becomes a big bear.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be dark outside for our mind to amplify the wrong message. When anxious, small things sound like big things. When sick, small things sound like big things. When depressed. When overwhelmed. When tired.

I mean, think about it: when’s the last time something small — say, washing a load of dishes — seemed like a gargantuan task? Maybe it was yesterday when your nerves were already abuzz thanks to your colicky little one screaming her head off.


How to Transform a Mouse Into a Bear: Just Add Camping

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

At night, the nature sounds were glorious: crickets, whipporwills, and the occasional owl. These sounds lulled me to sleep. Well, most of the time.


I Want a Panic-Free Wedding, Not a Tarnished One

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Maybe this is where I just need to let go. Just let go of my thoughts. All of them. All of my worries. All of everything.


I Want a Panic-Free Wedding, But So Much Can Go Wrong!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Only a few days left, and I’m still ruminating about everything that could go wrong on the big day. Let’s see how many of my worries I could formulate into a list or two.


I Want a Panic-Free Wedding: Eight Days Left!

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

There’s the obvious stuff, like unexpected rain. Then there’s the klutzy stuff, like tripping and falling face first while walking down the aisle. And then there’s the panic-related stuff.


The Sound of Rain: Soothing, or Anxiety Trigger? (Part 2)

Friday, May 11th, 2012

There wasn’t a single place I could go during a rainstorm and feel safe. There wasn’t a single place in that damn office where I could allow my panicky feelings to de-escalate.


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