The Importance Of Getting Out And About

Well, it’s the one month anniversary of quitting my horrible job that was stressing me out, and I can officially say I feel different. I feel more whole. Not entirely whole, but I feel I’ve gotten pieces of myself back from the black pit I’d sunk into. I can walk outside and inhale the fresh air without the hitch in my breathing from doubt and fear. I don’t have to be afraid of those people anymore. They’re out of my life. I have the time now to heal and recover some of my former strength. Read entire post…

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“Likeness” – Short Film About Eating Disorders And Body Image

Warning: This video contains graphic content. Not for the faint of heart.

I didn’t see this until a few days ago, and I’ve been waiting to make an adequate blog post about it, but I think just sharing this with you guys is enough. The video, a short film starring Elle Fanning (sister of Dakota Fanning), says it all, so I’m going to wait for another day to talk about eating disorders and body image. I think this video might be somewhat too intense for many viewers, so I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with a lengthy discussion afterwards. However, I’m open to discussion in the comments section. If you have any questions or any thoughts on the film, leave a comment. Thank you for watching.

Anxiety Attacks – They Come At The Most Inconvenient Times

Anxiety attacks happen quite frequently to me, though they have let up a bit as of late. I’m not sure if it was just the weather changing today or the fact that my normal routine was interrupted, but I feel like my lungs are being squeezed in between someone’s large, chubby fingers. I’m dizzy. I’m irritable, and I’m not sure whether it’s because of the anxiety attack or I got an anxiety attack because I got irritated. It’s what I hate about having Generalized Anxiety Disorder. You can’t pin anything down. Continue reading

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The New York Times “Stigmatized” Students Suffering Anxiety Issues

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The NYTimes’ “Well” blog makes getting treatment for students on campus a stigma. Logo (c) NYTimes.

I try to avoid the news, and this is why. It pisses me off. Students suffering anxiety issues have been stigmatized by the NYTimes’ blog “Well” for putting a strain on college mental health treatment centers. Putting a strain? These young adults are already stressed enough, and now, this Hoffman blogger is saying students suffering anxiety issues are a BURDEN? Read full post here…

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Anxiety Relaxation Tips – Gardening And Plant Therapy

Time for another round of anxiety relaxation tips! Once again, these will be anxiety relaxation tips that have or are working for me, so these won’t work for everyone. However, I encourage you to try these things and see if they help!

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Gardening helps reduce anxiety and stress. Photo (c) anxietybug88.

Today’s anxiety relaxation tip is gardening. If you have the time and the patience, gardening is not only rewarding, but it is also therapeutic. There’s something about giving life to and growing something from so small a seed that makes this one of my top anxiety relaxation tips. It’s a special feeling to watch a seed you’ve planted sprout into a full-grown, tender-leafed plant. It’s a state of zen when you’re digging in the earth, smelling the fresh grass and dirt, listening to the sounds of nature as you plant. I’m fortunate enough to live on a lake with a garden near the shore, so the gentle splash of waves on sand and rock make my gardening experience particularly peaceful. Read More…