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Distract Yourself From Anxiety With These iPhone Puzzle Games

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Whenever I’m feeling the first few rumblings of panic in my gut, a simple distraction can make a huge difference in my anxiety level.


Can You Draw A Panic Attack?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Ah, paradox. A distraction that’s not really a distraction.


#WinWednesday: Surviving the Anxiety of “The Wait”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The mall wasn’t open yet and the door was still locked. Laughing, I realized that I’d never had this problem before. I’m never early for anything.


Letter of Advice: Anxious About Getting Septoplasty Surgery?

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

This is perhaps my most niche blog post ever, but: if you have an anxiety disorder and are planning on getting a septoplasty, this post is just for you.


How Semi-Extreme Couponing Brought Me Back to the Grocery Store

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I didn’t want to avoid grocery stores forever, but I also didn’t want to cruelly subject myself to a guaranteed panic attack at the helm of a shopping cart every week. I needed to re-frame the grocery shopping experience into a game.


Putting Your Fears and Anxieties in Alphabetical Order

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

So, guess what I did at 4:21 a.m.? I turned on the lights, picked up a pen, and started an alphabetical list of Things That Make Me Anxious.


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.


Dear Anxious College Students: Slow Down, Breathe

Monday, July 25th, 2011

College: cheap fiberboard shelves, neon clothes hangers, drawstring laundry bags, and extra-long bed sheets. And futons — crisp and clean futons that, by the end of the school year, will reek of days-old beer and mildew. Oh, and stress. And anxiety. And panic.


6 Ways to Distract Yourself From Panic

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Let’s face it: in the throes of panic, it’s not always comfortable to mindfully meditate on the present moment. Focusing on your pounding heart or on your irregular breathing patterns can fan the the panic attack flames. So, here are a few ways to distract yourself out of a panic attack.


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