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Bidding Anxiety-Schmanxiety Farewell

Bidding Anxiety-Schmanxiety Farewell

It has been a year since I came on board as one of the anxiety bloggers for HealthyPlace. In that time, I have met many people and made online friends I will almost certainly like, tag, and comment on forever. I met Tanya Peterson, who has been an incredible blog partner. I worked with the incomparable Natasha Tracy and learned more about the inner workings of blogging than I ever thought possible. These reasons, and so many others, are why it is so difficult to say goodbye.

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If You’re Paranoid, Is Your Anxiety Real?

If You’re Paranoid, Is Your Anxiety Real?

If you have an anxiety disorder and are paranoid, is your anxiety real? Most people with anxiety are intimately familiar with the statement, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you.” It has been said to the people around us to explain that, while we fully acknowledge our anxiety issues, it doesn’t mean that what we are worried about isn’t worthy of anxiety. Anxiety isn’t just a disorder; after all, it serves a purpose. But when you do have an anxiety disorder and are paranoid, how do you decide if your anxiety is real?

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Relieve Your Anxiety: Three More Ways to Get It Done

Relieve Your Anxiety: Three More Ways to Get It Done

Looking for more ways to relieve your anxiety? Read here about how to relieve your anxiety simply and effectively with distraction. Take a look.

Last week’s Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog post was titled, Five Ways to Relieve Anxiety You’ve Never Thought Of, and included unique suggestions like playing with Play-Doh and teaching yourself to juggle. When I originally made the list of unusual ways to relieve anxiety, the list included eight suggestions, not the five that made it to print. Leaving those three suggestions off just didn’t feel right to me, so here are three additional ways to relieve anxiety.

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Five Ways to Relieve Anxiety You’ve Never Thought Of

Five Ways to Relieve Anxiety You’ve Never Thought Of

Tired of the hearing the same boring suggestions to reduce anxiety? Keep reading to learn five ways to relieve anxiety you’ve (probably) never thought of.

It seems like every time anxiety strikes in the presence of others, helpful folks offer the same advice. Take a walk, get some fresh air, or count to 10 are quickly raised as solutions, with the person offering the advice thinking this is the first time we’ve ever heard that suggestion. Speaking from my own experience, I do the same things over and over. If your methods to relieve anxiety aren’t boring you and are working, then there is no need to switch it up. But if you are looking for other ways to relieve anxiety, I offer five ways to relieve anxiety you’ve (probably) never thought of.

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Can a Happy Memory Trigger Anxiety?

Can a Happy Memory Trigger Anxiety?

Anxiety triggers are pesky things and they can be difficult to avoid. As a person living with an anxiety disorder, I don’t intentionally put myself in a position to trigger an anxiety or panic attack. Some triggers are easy to avoid. If snakes trigger anxiety, a pet boa constrictor isn’t for you. But what about happy memories? Is it possible for a happy memory to trigger anxiety?

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Why Do We Eat to Relieve Anxiety?

Why Do We Eat to Relieve Anxiety?

Americans love to eat. We have foods to celebrate as well as comfort foods. It's no surprise we eat to relieve  anxiety. Keep reading to learn more.

Americans love to eat. We have foods to celebrate, comfort foods, and even foods for specific events like popcorn at the movies, cake at birthdays, and is there really anyone among us who doesn’t feel pizza just tastes better during our favorite TV shows? Considering our culture of food, is it really a surprise to discover we are eating to relieve anxiety? Have you ever stopped and wondered why we eat to relieve anxiety?

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I’m Not Afraid; I Have Anxiety

I’m Not Afraid; I Have Anxiety

There are many people in my life who understand the difference between being afraid and having a panic or anxiety attack. They are educated enough to know there is a big difference between fear and anxiety and for that I am very thankful. However, I also have people in my life who think both are created equal. They believe, and often strongly, that both those feelings are just different levels of the same base emotion – fear. Here is how I explain to people that I’m not afraid; I have anxiety.

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Postpartum Psychosis and Anxiety After Childbirth

Postpartum Psychosis and Anxiety After Childbirth

Obviously, a blog about my lived experience with anxiety cannot reflect experiences I’m incapable of having: postpartum psychosis and anxiety after childbirth, for example. Thankfully, I speak with a lot of people and recently had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Hentz Moyer. She was kind enough to share some of her story about dealing with anxiety and postpartum psychosis with us.

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Feeling Stuck in Anxiety

Feeling Stuck in Anxiety

Anxiety is debilitating and sometimes we feel stuck in anxiety but it doesn’t prevent a person from knowing what they want to do. I liken this to a car being stuck in the mud. The car is legitimately stuck, but the driver doesn’t want it to be. The driver is doing everything possible to free the car, so it can move again. Anxiety is a lot like that – trying to free ourselves from being stuck in anxiety – but the wheels keep spinning.

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Anxiety Makes Me Hate Myself and That’s Okay

Anxiety Makes Me Hate Myself and That’s Okay

Recovery from anxiety is the goal of most sufferers. But if your anxiety still makes you hate yourself, are you in recovery? Is self-hatred okay?

For all the success I have had recovering from mental illness, the one thing I haven’t gotten over is my deep hatred for myself. Perhaps “hate” is a strong word; maybe “severely dislike” is a more fitting phrase, but I am not in the business of sugar coating my writing. When I lie awake at night and think about who I am, my anxiety makes me hate myself and that’s okay.

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