The Serious Stuff - Oh dear, DEER!

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The Lies Depression Tells Us

The Lies Depression Tells Us

This emotional roller-coaster we call life is not for the faint hearted. Just when you feel like you might be moving onward and upward a bad day, week, month smacks you in the face and reminds you the war is not over. On to the next battle. Let’s be upfront, depression is a jerk. It envelopes you into a world of darkness, doing its best to squeeze out all your light. It makes you think things that you aren’t even sure are your own thoughts. It is a liar.

A Panic Attack

A Panic Attack

The sensations of a panic attack are different for everyone. Regardless of the differences they all can make us feel like we are dying, and our minds are more than happy to go along for the ride.

Taking my Body Back from Anxiety

Taking my Body Back from Anxiety

Dear Body,

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.

Disordered Eating: when life revolves around food

Disordered Eating: when life revolves around food

*This post deals with disordered eating. Disordered eating differs from eating disorders mainly in the level of severity and frequency of behaviours. http://nedic.ca 

The Panic Train Analogy

The Panic Train Analogy

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;

The Winter Blahs?

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.

Tracie and Joce

Two friends sharing a cup of tea, over skype, and blogging about life! With honesty, sarcasm and a dash of humour -sharing the good, the bad and the yummy!
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