Why Don't I Exercise? I know exercise is good for anxiety and I will feel awesome after I do it. If I'm consistent with it, I'll be in amazing shape and look nice and fit too! So why haven't I started working out again? No Energy to Exercise Life is tiring! There's cleaning, cooking and… Continue reading Exercise is GREAT for Anxiety! Let’s Get Started!
Fall is my favorite season! It was in September when all of the stars aligned and I woke up like if all of my anxiety and panic had been a nightmare. September 2011 Anxiety Free I was expecting to wake up with the same feeling in the pit of my stomach. My mornings for the… Continue reading Anxiety Free in the Fall – 2011
Anxiety disorders are linked to low levels of Serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical and neurotransmitter in the body. Serotonin regulates: mood and social behavior appetite and digestion sleep memory sexual desire and function There is a link between low serotonin levels and anxiety and depression. For this reason, one way to control an anxiety disorder… Continue reading Why You are Losing the Anxiety Battle!
11/1/11 marked the one year anniversary of THE panic attack. When these pictures were taken I had been on medication for a little less than one year. My husband is a fireman and when he is on shift, it is 24 hours. I was able to take the kids “trick or treating” on Halloween and… Continue reading Happy 1 Year Panic-versary!!
I am so grateful that someone, somewhere, figured out how to control anxiety and panic attacks with medication. Without medicine, I would be in some serious trouble. I feel like I would probably be curled up somewhere, crying, watching life pass me by. Would I be on disability? Would I have lost my job? What… Continue reading Love/Hate Meds!
During my worst days, my Xanax intake looked something like this: 2:00am: Wake up in a panic and take a Xanax. 6:00am: At exactly 4 hours, the sensations would start coming back. At this time, the kids were up and I needed to function and pretend I was fine. I would take another one. 12:00pm:… Continue reading Was I Addicted to Xanax?
Anxiety disorders come in different shapes and sizes: Panic Disorder: extreme fear, or terror, at a random place and time. You might feel a racing heart and shortness of breath. Social Anxiety Disorder: extreme anxiety in social situations. You might feel very self-conscious and fixate on others judging you. Specific phobias: You have an extreme fear of something… Continue reading Binge-Drinking
When I was younger, I expected to be married before my 23rd birthday. I was devastated when at 24, I was STILL SINGLE! I didn't even meet my husband until I was 27! I always expected to have children. When my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, I was overcome with sadness and an unexplainable emptiness. I never… Continue reading Giving Up!
I never took pills up to this point in my life. If I had a headache, I would try to figure out the root cause and try to take care of it that way - drink water, eat something, or sleep. After my 2nd child, I noticed I was not being myself. I had always had… Continue reading Xanax Saved my Life
March is always a stressful month. I celebrate my son's birthday three times I celebrate my daughter's birthday three times Our church has a carnival Easter lands in March sometimes Which means Spring Break is in March My son's birthday is March 14th and exactly two weeks later is my daughter's birthday. Why do I celebrate birthdays… Continue reading March Madness!