If I am not careful I can waste a great deal of my days worrying. Worrying about the past, present, future, imaginary scenarios and real life. Life is full of worry. If we thought about it too much we might never leave our houses (lets not go there today). Worrying can take up precious time, energy and derail your day if you let it. One strategy I was given to deal with worrying is what I like to call consolidating your worries.
We’ve had our ups and downs. Weekends together practicing yoga left us both feeling refreshed. Eating all the snacks in sight, that were not healthy whole food snacks, left us both groggy and feeling sick. Lately though we’ve been stuck in a rut. Are ruts supposed to last longer than a year? It seems we aren’t able to shake ourselves out of this one.
I love(d) travelling, seeing different places and experiencing new things. Unfortunately an episode of depression and added anxiety last year has robbed me of part of that. With the additional anxiety deciding to stick around for an extended stay, my baseline anxiety level is now higher (and so far it does not look like it will be ending any time soon…over a year later and you would think it could find somewhere else better to go). One of the things on the list of
Panic attacks are horrible and it can be hard to help someone understand what it is like if they haven’t had one before. During the late winter and early spring of last year I was frequently having panic attacks and the rest of the time felt like I was constantly on the verge of one. To try to help people understand what was going on and why I was so afraid of having another panic attack I was given an analogy by a therapist. This is the best panic attack analogy I have heard to explain one to someone who has not experienced it themselves. I call it;
As winter is winding down (or up again? hard to tell in Nova Scotia) I find myself feeling low, mood and energy wise. I was not looking forward to this winter, as last year in January I started a quick spiral into the worst depression and anxiety I have dealt with so far. While I’ve had a break from the depression since late this past spring, the extra anxiety has not fully left my side. A whole host of things that I used to feel okay about now give me muscle clenching anxiety. If I don’t make a conscious effort to relax my shoulders are reaching for my ears all day.