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

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"It’s not necessarily the medalists who get the most out of the Olympics. It’s those who are willing to strip down to nothing and bear their soul for their love of the game. That is so much greater than Gold, Silver, or Bronze.”

~Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, gold and silver medalist at PyeongChang Olympics

#MikaelaShiffrin #Olympics #anxiety
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Maybe you can relate?

"I intercept the cat on his urgent mission across the diagonal of the bed, a path that ensures optimal contact with sleeping human bodies. I carry him to the food that’s been there all night on my grandmother’s china saucer that I feel simultaneously good and guilty about using this way. The cat devours the food, proving it was, indeed, food he wanted from me but he (a) forgot to check the dish he eats from six times a day or (b) knew it was there but prefers to be served to his food because he is a terrible person...."

#anxiety #mornings
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Need something to relieve anxiety that requires as little effort as possible? Just breathe.
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You’re standing at the entrance of a garden.

The garden is encircled by a wooden fence covered in English ivy.

In the middle of the garden is a tall, round water fountain encircled by yellow rose bushes.

Stepping stones spiral around the perimeter of the fence into the garden’s center.

You step onto the first stone, turn right, and begin your journey inside.

On your right, ivy-covered fence.

On your left, yellow rose bushes.

At your feet, stepping stones surrounded by a thick carpet of Irish moss.

And in the center, the fountain flows...
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What do you know about women and anxiety? Get the facts and pass it on.
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I need a reminder now and then that getting older is a good thing. I found one in Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, an extraordinary documentary about her retirement from the New York City Ballet. Here’s a piece I wrote about it for The Huffington Post...
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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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