Self-care tips

Before we dive into the actual tips part, I feel like I should probably give you a run-down of my self-care history (spoiler alert, it's not great). My parents got divorced when I was really young, and I have no memory of them as a couple. It's weird to me when they're in the same … Continue reading Self-care tips

Tracking symptoms and activities to help you figure your anxiety out

For three months, I've been tracking some symptoms and activities. This is and isn't related to anxiety: I wanted to use this to help me spot triggers, but I also wanted to see how anxiety was connected to PMS, if at all. (Spoiler alert: yes, sorta.) The first step was to figure out exactly what I … Continue reading Tracking symptoms and activities to help you figure your anxiety out

Making and using a weighted blanket

Guys! I made my weighted blanket! Isn't she gorgeous? A weighted blanket is exactly what it sounds like. It's a blanket sewn into a grid and in each square of the grid is some kind of weight, usually plastic pellets(natural stuff like corn and rice works, but can rot and isn't washable). You snuggle up under … Continue reading Making and using a weighted blanket

How my dog helps my anxiety

Look at this face. Look how cute. I get to come home to this every day, and it's amazing. I say all the time that I don't know how I would have gotten through all of the really intense anxiety stuff without the dude and my sister. And I really don't. But I also wouldn't … Continue reading How my dog helps my anxiety

Updated toolkit

I'M BACK! Listen, guys. Vacation is a MUST. We didn't go anywhere, and it. was. glorious. I had the best time ever sitting on my couch, watching The West Wing, and playing with my nephew, whose current obsessions include the handle to their balcony door, drinking water out of a glass, and eating my yogurt so … Continue reading Updated toolkit

The matrices of anxiety: how to predict it and what to do about it

I have to start this by saying that I went to one of the best shows ever last weekend: it was called Boy Band Review and it's exactly what it sounds like. Dudes on stage singing all of your favorite *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and Boys II Men hits, and then some. And there were dance … Continue reading The matrices of anxiety: how to predict it and what to do about it

The Usual and A Personal First

This time of year at work is particularly tough. Not anything big so that you can point to one instance, but everybody's just tired. The students are tired, the teachers are tired, and we all sorely need the mental break that comes with the beginning of the spring semester. It's like a reset button; suddenly, it's … Continue reading The Usual and A Personal First

Weekly Roundup 1.15.17

Since I'll be spending the majority of my day lesson planning (hey, Hamlet), here are some fun things for you to look at that I may or may not be using to procrastinate. This study on using apps to help with mental health. This list of rad, dapper women who make looking at Instagram awesome. Our … Continue reading Weekly Roundup 1.15.17

Goodbye, 2016 + Weekly Roundup 1.1.17

I'm not much for New Year's resolutions - personally I think you should be working on your shit all year long - but something I want to start working on happens to coincide with the beginning of 2017, so here we are. I want to start saying yes more. I used to practice this a … Continue reading Goodbye, 2016 + Weekly Roundup 1.1.17

How to manage holiday anxiety

Every couple of years, my dad and step-mom get all of their progeny together for Thanksgiving. The first time, we stayed in Tahoe and I remember taking a really long and wonderful walk with my step-mom and sitting in the hot tub under the stars with my niece. The second time, we were in Santa … Continue reading How to manage holiday anxiety