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Anxiety, Depression and COVID-19: Now’s the Time to Feel Our Feelings — Here’s 8 Ways How to


We are in an anxious time. We are worried. Fearful. And ill at ease. Things are changing. Our schedules and routines. The ways we engage with others. And things are staying the same. The exact same. Day after day. Without going to work and having social calendars to adhere to, we’ve all found ourselves with more time in the day. More time to relax. To think. To stand still. And stillness is exactly what we need. Stillness in our communities. In our households. In ourselves. For being still is when we learn the most. When we connect the most. To others and to ourselves.

It's when we're still that we feel our feelings. When our feelings surface the most. Perhaps why some of us stay so busy. For it’s easy to avoid your feelings when you don’t have a free moment. When you don’t take the time to do nothing. And now that is exactly what we must do.



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Anxiety, Depression and Fight-or-flight Response: 16 Ways to Cope with Coronavirus, Quarantine and Self-isolation


I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling scattered. Anxious. Overwhelmed. Between my routines and schedules changing and feeling stuck in my house, my body is struggling to remain regulated. Not to mention how receiving all the information surrounding the coronavirus is making me feel. The information that works like a double-edged sword: I want to stay connected to what’s happening and to friends and family, but hearing about the overwhelmingness of this pandemic in every conversation is engaging my fear response. Making me feel on edge. Depressed. Triggering my fight-or-flight response. Turning my world upside down. 



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Anxiety, Depression and Self-care: Meeting Yourself Where You’re at When You’re Overwhelmed

Lately, I’ve been trying to be aware not to push myself. Not to put unrealistic expectations on myself. Not to lose myself in the work and the plans and the errands. Not to become overwhelmed amid the recent schedule changes and chaos that the spread of the coronavirus has brought. I’ve been trying to be more mindful. More present. And to meet myself where I’m at. 



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Anxiety, Depression and Dissociation: How Being in the Present Will Bring You Back to Yourself

I’ve been on a healing journey for quite some time now. Where I need quiet. To be able to think. To be able to write. Where I need to eat nourishing foods. Where I need to adhere to a schedule. To follow a sensory diet. To keep my nervous system regulated. Where I need to practice meditation and yoga. To set intentions. To move through the pain. And where I practice staying in the present. Not moving too much into the future (ahem, anxiety). Not moving too much into the past (ahem, depression). And not fleeing my body altogether (ahem, dissociation).

So I decided to go to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Thinking I was going for the writing and the yoga. Thinking this trip would fulfill two purposes. But it ended up fulfilling so much more.


Chronic Pain

Somatic Trauma, PTSD and Chronic Pain: How Getting Massages Helps Move Fascia and Release Pain

I used to think my jaw became dislocated. Because my bite would go so far off and I’d be in so much pain that it seemed like the only logical explanation. So I tried going to several chiropractors* — to get it put back into place. They’d manipulate it. Maneuver it. Slam down on it using their special beds. But nothing worked. Then, through one of their offices, there was a massage therapist who could not only help my jaw, but who began to assist in my body’s healing journey. One I didn’t even know I needed to take.



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Shame: What It Is and How to Fight It 

Shame. 

A concept that can stand alone. 

For it carries enough power to. 

It is the terrifying force many of us have to fight every day. Overpower. Show who is actually in charge. 

The force that implies that what happened to us was our fault. When it was not. That we deserved it. When we did not. That we let it happen. Which we did not. 

We were victims. And we survived. 



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Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health: 11 Ways to Be Less Stressed During the Workday


Life is stressful. For everyone. But when your mental health suffers, it feels like life is harder for you than for others. There are days where even getting out of bed is difficult. And where handling daily stressors feels impossible. 

For many of us whose mental health suffers, we’ve found tricks for getting us through our days. Ways to help us cope. To help us feel less stressed. So here are mine. In hopes they will alleviate some of the stress from your day too.



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Depression and Self-care: How America’s Got Talent Is Getting Me Through My Winter Blues

I’m currently watching Season 14 of America’s Got Talent (AGT). I don’t know when the season actually started. Or even if it’s over. I have a hard time watching things when they’re on. I need to watch them when I’m in the mood to.

I live in the Midwest. Where the weather isn’t ideal some of the time. And if we have a cold, snowy, gray winter, like we do this year, it can feel like a lot of the time. I knew I needed something that would uplift me. Lighten my mood. So I turned to AGT.



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PTSD, SPD and Fight-or-flight Response: 20 Tips for Surviving in the Workplace


Being in the workplace when you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sensory processing disorder (SPD) can feel close to impossible. Not only are there triggers everywhere, but you’re expected to remain professional while enduring them. Going against the constant self-care that you need. Causing frequent bouts of dissociation and meltdowns. But there are ways to survive in the workplace even when you suffer.