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You Are Everything Anxiety Says You're Not
You Are Everything Anxiety Says You're Not

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I worried for weeks about my first doctor's visit in years. Then I worried some more waiting on test results. All that worry and the worst of it is cheese.

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The Doctor Is Going to Find Something Horribly Wrong With Me: Worry Journal Exercise

As of March 1, my reactive healthcare approach was no more.

I got tired of paying the penalty for not having insurance. Plus, I’m a 44-year-old woman; not getting checked at this age feels irresponsible. The point is, I have health insurance now. I’m going to the doctor April 25 so they can finally run all the tests they need to find something horribly wrong with me.

Rest assured, I’m doing all I can to thwart their efforts....

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Foods for Anxiety: What to Eat and Why

I’ve never been one of those people who notices much of a difference in how I feel because of what I eat. (Except for too much caffeine or chocolate cake for breakfast; sadly, that difference cannot be ignored.)

For instance, I’m not vegan anymore, but when I was the first thing most people would ask is if I noticed a difference in how I felt. I wanted to say yes, and knew other vegans who felt a lot better, but I wasn’t one of them. I’d stopped eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy and, as far as I could tell, my body felt exactly the same.

I’m not saying there is no difference in how I feel depending on what I eat, only that I tend to attribute the way I feel to anything but food.

Anxiety is no exception.

I tend to blame too much – or not enough – of a lot of things for my anxiety. Too much work, negative thinking, overthinking, irrational fears. Not enough sleep, yoga, journaling, down time, or meditation. Not to mention all the reasons women may be particularly susceptible to anxiety.

But after looking closely at the link between nutrition and anxiety, the connection is one that shouldn’t be discounted. Whether I recognize it or not, the presence (or absence) of key vitamins and minerals in my body could very well be contributing to my anxiety.

Just to be clear, I am not a nutritionist and there is no guarantee that eating these foods will improve your anxiety. Also, none of the information included here should replace the advice of a medical professional. That said, I’ve done a ton of research and cited everything thoroughly.

Here we go...

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I hope y'all had a happy International Women's Day! I devoted much of mine to FINALLY editing and uploading to Pinterest 64 pics of the best signs (and crowd shots) I saw at Women's March Los Angeles. I hope this collection makes you feel as good about both of these empowering days as it does me.

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Women’s History Month: A Timeline

1908 – Thousands of women march for economic rights in New York City garment worker’s strikes

1909 – Socialist Party of America organizes the first Women’s Day in New York City, a national observance of the first anniversary of the garment worker’s strikes

1911 – By this time, observance of Women’s Day has spread throughout Europe

1978 – Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiates Women’s History Week, a response to the lack of inclusion of women’s history in K through 12 education

1979 – The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College hears about the success of the Women’s History Week in California, initiates similar observances across the country, and advocates for a National Women’s History Week

1980 – President Jimmy Carter issues the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th (International Women’s Day) as National Women’s History Week

1981 – The first National Women’s History Week is observed; the week raises education awareness, inspiring one state after another to incorporate women’s history into their curriculum

1986 – 14 states recognize the entire month of March as Women’s History Month

1987 – Congress formally declares March as National Women’s History Month



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Happy World Book Day

Here's a fave of mine for how it affected the way I look at the connection between anxiety and time.

For instance, what if we couldn’t obsess over what happened yesterday (a favorite anxiety-inducing habit of mine) because we have no memory of the past?

In one of the imagined worlds in "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman, it might look something like this:

"The past exists only in books, in documents. In order to know himself, each person carries his own Book of Life, which is filled with the history of his life…. Without his Book of Life, a person is a snapshot, a two-dimensional image, a ghost."

The problem is, I tend to lose or destroy valuable things.

Granted, losing or destroying my Book of Life would free me from what haunts me, but it’s not worth giving up memories of the good times too.

Read my full post, Anxiety Makes Me Anxious: How Einstein's Dreams Helped: 

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In celebration of Women's History Month, I'd like to share this piece I wrote about Emily Dickinson last year. Click the link to read in full ( but the gist of it is this...

"There are scholars who suggest the famous poet’s seclusion in her family’s Amherst, Massachusetts, home was a 'practical' choice made for the good of her work.

"But after reading half a dozen texts on the subject, I find it difficult to come to such a conclusion, as her extreme behaviors seem hard to attribute to anything but a mental health issue...

"Would it be wonderful if one of the world’s most important poets was wise enough to manufacture the life of seclusion necessary to achieve such greatness?

"I don’t think so.

"The more inspiring story – and what I believe to be the true one – is that Emily Dickinson wrote some of the world’s most important poetry while living with mental illness.

"But it doesn’t matter what I believe or what anyone else believes about Emily Dickinson’s mental state. These beliefs don’t make them true...

"Where does this leave me?

"The only thing I’m more certain about after this exploration is how much I want to find women who I can identify with – women who have lived this struggle with anxiety too.

"So what if Emily Dickinson isn’t one of them? She’s still inspiring, as a woman, an artist, a friend.

"Plus, millions of women have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders (at twice the rate of men, by the way). And millions of other women with normal anxiety struggle with that too.

"I have all of you."

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How to Create Your Own Positive Affirmations

When I’m feeling anxious, that moment feels like all there is, so getting to a better place means everything. It’s always a relief being able to work through that anxious thought and discover a positive affirmation (i.e., healthier perspective) on the other side.


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"There are no short cuts. So stop thinking you should already be there." ~WRDSMTH
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