I am totally committed to providing my family healthy, yummy meals. (And in our relationship, food is my job. I’m happy with that. I love being the one who decides, unilaterally, what I’ll eat and what I’ll buy.)
But…everyone has those days when nothing is going right – you slept in, your kid’s been sick all day, your dishwasher overflowed and maybe the dryer started a fire. Or maybe you’re pregnant and just worked a 9 hour shift on your feet and cooking will actually kill you.
Are you embarrassed to start talking about anxiety with friends and family? Maybe they know, but they brush it off like it’s not a big deal. Maybe you’ve been told one too many times that you’re being a bit ridiculous, or you’ve been called a hypochondriac or a conspiracy theorist or my favorite one – dramatic? Or something else that was a little hurtful (even if it was maybe a little truthful)?
Anything that sets us apart has the potential to make us withdraw from our people. I think it’s a particularly prominent risk when it comes to anxiety, because so often we KNOW our anxiety seems a bit over the top to people who don’t understand it.read more
I want this series to be largely things that you can do on your own to deal with anxiety. I’ve mentioned before that I have found therapy endlessly helpful in dealing with my anxiety. It has given me SO many of the tools that I use on a daily basis to confront my demons head on.
But if you can’t afford therapy or don’t have the time or are just to scared to go, then I want you to know that there are still things you can do on your own to recover from anxiety.read more
It struck me today that we are nearly half way through 2016. HALF WAY. I know we all say this all the time, but wasn’t New Years like, 2 weeks ago? And now I’ve planted flowers already? O my.
I’ve never been huge on resolutions, so I don’t usually feel like I’ve failed at anything by June. But THIS year I really, desperately, wanted to have at least achieved ten push-ups (even girly push ups, whatever, progress is progress) by now. But I still can’t do one. Not even ONE! I’d say it’s not for lack of trying, except that if I’m honest,read more
When I lived in Australia (which was quiet a few years ago now, so maybe things have changed…) the most popular bar snack you could order was potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce.
Oh. my. goodness. Is it weird that one of the things I miss the very most about Australia (and this is a place I love with my whole heart) is a bowl of potatoes?
I hesitate to buy pre-made potato wedges ‘cus not only are you paying a premium for one of the cheapest foods out there, but lots of the stuff they’re coated in has gluten (and all manner of other stuff) in it. (But seriously, the price of pre-made wedges vs. the price of a potato! Craziness.)read more
You’ll see exercise recommended OFTEN as a first course of treatment for depression. There is absolutely no question in anyone’s mind that exercise = endorphins = happy feeling. (Ok, there’s also no question that it’s not that easy, or depression wouldn’t exist, but there’s lots of evidence to suggest that it can move you in the right direction.)read more
Perhaps some people would call me a fence sitter, when it comes to the whole natural health vs modern medicine debate. Wait, don’t leave! If you are firmly in one camp or another, I’d say we can probably find common ground.
That’s the nice thing about fence sitting. I lean toward the natural, but I understand the place for medical intervention. If the only way you’re making it through the day is with your Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro or maybe Ativan, then who am I to tell you it’s not the right way?! It wasn’t the right way for me but that doesn’t mean it’s not working for you. (I do have a prescription for Ativan… but I only take it when it’s absolutely necessary. 50 pills can last me a year and a half or so.)read more
Sleep and I have always had a very complicated relationship. But then again, don’t most of us struggle with sleep from time to time? Oh we want it. But we don’t always know how to get it. Or we know how, but life is a little crazy and we put it on the back burner.
Lately, I sit at my keyboard late into the night (staring at that evil blue screen) and write about making choices that improve your life while completely disregarding the fact that I should be SLEEPING because sleep is SO important to a healthy, happy life.
What a total contradiction I can be.read more
There is a possibility that your anxiety has nothing to do with your diet. Totally. If your anxiety is a product of a very traumatic experience, maybe it’s 100% a mental disorder. There is no real solid way to determine the cause of an anxiety disorder, unfortunately, because there are so many possible causes. There’s a chance that improving your diet won’t help. But there is also a (good, I believe) chance that it could help. Anxiety is complex, our bodies are complex. I have been absolutely convinced, through experience, that my diet directly affects my anxiety.read more