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My 2 Least Favorite Words: Just Relax!

My 2 Least Favorite Words: Just Relax!

This past weekend, I attended a 2 day photography workshop. I picked this particular workshop because it wasn’t too far away from where I lived.  I paid for it over a month in advance and I was really looking forward to it. I knew when I paid, I would cross my fingers that my hubby would be in town to watch the little one, but that he could possibly be gone as well. Sure enough, the day before the workshop, he had to fly out of town at the last minute for the entire weekend.  It made things complicated; which was what I wanted to avoid.

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The Big Question- How to Say ‘No’, Worry Free?

The Big Question- How to Say ‘No’, Worry Free?

Today is one of those days where if I am asked to do one more thing for someone, I am going to lose it. I am a people-pleaser, which means I have a really hard time saying no. So when I am asked to help out, I am almost always going to reply with a big grin and a “sure thing,” even if I don’t want to.

Today I feel stretched so thin. I feel like I am just not capable to do all of it. But I stress that if I break commitments, then I will make someone mad at me. So, either way, I lose. Stress is there no matter what. What happened to good old laid back Fridays?

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Risk Your Significance and Live a Full Life

Risk Your Significance and Live a Full Life

I came across a really cool quote a few weeks back,

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”
-Dawna Markova

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Tips for Dealing with Moving Anxiety

Tips for Dealing with Moving Anxiety

Yesterday, we were shocked when a job opportunity fell on our lap. This job would require some major life adjustments. Adjustments that are nerve wracking, even if you don’t suffer from chronic anxiety. It has many advantages that make it very appealing, such as living by the beach, having our housing and car paid for, having a nanny or maid, etc. However, this job would require uprooting our family and putting us not in another state, but another country. We would reside for two years in Abu Dhabi, which is close to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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Do You Have Anxiety While Driving?

Do You Have Anxiety While Driving?

On Saturday, I went on a road trip. I drove all by myself to Moab and back in one day. That’s about 9 hours on different highways, freeways, state routes, whatever you call them. Big multiple lane roads moving at very fast speeds. For most people, this is nothing special, but for someone who gets anxious and has fears associated with driving, its a huge accomplishment. One speeding ticket and one potential dead deer later, I rolled into my garage at 10:30 at night ready for bed.

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My Overwhelming To-Do List

My Overwhelming To-Do List

Do you ever feel like you have taken on so much in your life that there is just not enough time in the day to do it all? Lately I am constantly behind on assignments. Every time I turn a corner I see half-finished projects, things needing to get in the mail, “overdue” pop ups on my computer, etc. I have so much to do, yet I am sitting here not even sure where I should start and feeling like I am just wasting valuable time. Because I do not like letting people down (a lot of my anxiety revolves around people pleasing), owing things to people, being late on promises, and generally feeling overwhelmed has the potential for anxiety to creep in and shut me down entirely.

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Do You Feel Your Gifts Project Your Self Worth?

Do You Feel Your Gifts Project Your Self Worth?

Gift Giving and Keeping Score

Yesterday, I went to work and we had a baby shower for a co-worker. The food was excellent, the decorations beautiful, and a table was full of gifts. No matter if it’s a baby shower, a bridal shower, Christmas, or a birthday party, I can’t help but feel that your gift gets entered into a silent competition in the minds of everyone watching. It’s as if each gift goes through a rating system. A score is given for the level of creativity, thoughtfulness, expense, quantity, and quality for the gift itself as well as how it is wrapped. And somehow the overall score given to your gift correlates to how much you love that person, or even worse, how you rate as a person on a scale of worth.

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Are You a People Pleaser?

Are You a People Pleaser?

Today I ran into a common problem that I have. I am in a situation where I have to make a decision that no matter how I slice it, I feel I am going to disappoint someone or hurt their feelings. Because much of my anxiety revolves around the fear of being judged by others, this can really be stressful and trigger some anxiety. I am what you call a “People Pleaser“. I do this because I want everyone to like me and I desperately want to avoid confrontation. I don’t like making people upset with me. So when I have to choose, I stress over my decision before and after it has been made.

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When in Doubt, Be Honest About Your Anxiety

When in Doubt, Be Honest About Your Anxiety

Over the years of struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, I have gone through many learning experiences and trials. For a long time, I tried to keep up appearances that my life was perfect and I could handle anything. In panicky situations, I would sort of lie to people by telling them I wasn’t feeling well but never really explained why. Or I would just leave. After years of “not feeling well” at family gatherings, people started coming up with their own conclusions. This only made things worse.

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Emergency Preparedness: A Positive Way to Cope with Fear

Emergency Preparedness: A Positive Way to Cope with Fear

For me, stressful situations brings out my worst anxiety.  I find being prepared for an emergency increases my ability to cope with fear.

We live in scary times. Between the recession and natural disasters, you never know when a crisis could hit your home. Many people are one pay check away from losing everything. We live in scary, stressful times. It makes sense that now is the time to plan and prepare for what may lie ahead. We can’t predict the future, but we can do our best to prepare for it. And if we are prepared, we won’t have as much fear.

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