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We Can Beat that Panic!!!

This past weekend I went out of town, which was a huge victory for me. Last time I went out of the state was over a year ago, and my anxiety was much more manageable then. But this weekend I definitely had to use every tool and technique I had to keep myself from freaking out.
Now for me the driving is the worst part. Once I'm like 30 minutes from my hotel I'm good, it's just the getting there. Using the techniques I listed below really did help me out and helped me to actually enjoy myself!




For more tips on travel anxiety check out this post of mine.
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Lightheaded and Dizzy? Do this!!!

Anxiety got you lightheaded and dizzy? Do this!

When I start to get anxious I start to sweat, get dizzy, lightheaded and feel like I’m going to pass out. This happened to me less than a year ago when I interviewed for my current position. I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom to splash my face with water. Luckily my boss was cool and gave me some gum because I got so pale, she thought my blood sugar had crashed (which is a possibility). But you know what? I survived!! I made it through the rest of the interview and got the job.
Unfortunately, this has not been the last time I have had this feeling. Using the tips I’ve listed below has helped me to reduce the duration of the symptoms. It has also given me one less thing to stress about.
If you know your dizziness is caused by stress and anxiety, then it is more than likely from you hyperventilating. When a panic attack strikes, a lot of times your breathing will become more rapid which throws off your oxygen/CO2 balance, therefo…

Blessed but Stressed!

BRING ME BACK TO NOW
Right now, I am working on being present. What I mean by that is if I start to get stressed or anxious about something that may or may not happen in the future, I am taking the time to be mindful of what is happening now.
Here are a few techniques to help bring you back into the present when you start worrying about tomorrow, next week, or a month from now and to keep you from wandering out of the present.
1.Try relaxing all your muscles. It's amazing how much your body tenses up when you are stressed or anxious. Relaxing your body helps to relax your mind.
2.Stop the what if thinking. What ifs just cause unnecessary stress thinking about situations that will more than likely never happen. Enjoy what is!!

3.If your mind starts to drift to stressful scenarios, try some mindful meditation. This doesn't have to be a long meditation. Start with noticing your breathing. Pay attention to your chest moving with every breath, listen to yourself inhale and exhale and le…

Tips for Complete Relaxation!

My Top 6 Tips to Relax!!!

1. Make (Buy) a Cup of Hot Tea Now I don't like just plain tea, so I will get a hot chai tea latte or a hot fruity tea. Chai tea though has all kinds of spices in it that are good for everything from relaxation to helping fight a cold.
2. Bath Bombs!!!
 These are a couple of lavender bath bombs my sister and I made. Lavender is such a relaxing smell, in combination with hot water and and just laying back in the tub, it is a great way to wind down at the end of the day.

3. Phone Games
 These are two of my favorite games to play when I need to distract my mind. TV is also good for this but that is not always an option.

4. Journaling
Writing can be so relaxing and therapeutic in a way. I like to write down my worries, draw pictures, practice different fonts, and whatever else comes to my mind.
5.Tea Tree Lotion! I put this stuff all over, hair and body, after I get out of the bath! It smells a bit like mint to me which is very soothing. But I will also get my hus…

Get in mah Belly!!!!!

Fight that Emotional Eating!
Anxiety causes so many different things with your mind, body, mood, emotions and everything in between. After I have a massive panic attack my body responds in two main ways. I either get insanely tired because the stress of the anxiety has just worn me out or I just want to eat everything in sight!
I am still learning to deal with how to determine if I’m hungry or if I’m emotional eating. Physical hunger is gradual and eating fulfills the need for nourishment. When you eat after having been physically hungry, you will most likely feel better or more energized. When the hunger is emotional hunger, eating may not give you the feeling of being filled, which can lead to overeating. At the end of the meal, you might feel tired, or depressed. This happens to me all the time and I always feel terrible after I finish eating.


Not only does it affect your emotions, there are several health risks associated with emotional eating. It is one of the leading causes of fail…

Hey, yo, Crafting we Go!!!

SPORTS FAN DIY
So for Father’s Day this year, Gav and I wanted to not only give Jason something nice but also something that Gavin has made. So, we decided to make him a painting for his office! Gavin and I created a fun art piece for Jason for Father's Day with FSU’s logo on it, since they are his favorite college team. I took care of the more difficult parts, like cutting and taping but Gav had fun sponging the paint on the canvas!

Supplies:
18 in X 8 in canvas (get any size you want though)
1cut out of your logo or image (on cardstock)
tape (double sided would be best)
white acrylic paint as the base and whatever other colors you choose to use (we did garnet and gold)
1plastic plate
1sponge brush
A cardboard box to put under the canvas so you don’t make a mess and a small paint brush (not pictured)
First, I cut out the FSU logo and then put tape on the back. I did not have double sided tape, so I just rolled up pieces of scotch tape. I wish I had the double sided though!

Travel Anxiety

DEALING WITH TRAVEL ANXIETY

This past few days my family rented a beach house about an hour away from our house. Now for most, this short distance hardly even seems like a bit of a travel. But my anxiety made it feel like we were driving for 3 or 4 hours. Which thinking about is so dumb, I mean, we came here for a staycation last year! But I made it because I used different tools I’ve learned in therapy.
About 15 minutes into the drive was when I started having those thoughts of “how far is the hospital from where we are staying?” or “what if I have a massive panic attack and I’m so far from home and my bed!?” which is my safe spot.Normally I would start thinking like this and either break down into tears and start hyperventilating or I would just talk myself out of going and turn around and go home. But, Gavin was riding with me and letting him down feels 1 million times worse than my panic attacks. So, to help combat these feelings I did a few things:

Using these tools helped me get to…