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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.

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!

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!!!

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!

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


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…

How do you know you are having a panic attack?

When you have had an anxiety disorder and panic attacks your whole life, you learn what symptoms you typically experience and the feeling of one coming on. But for someone who never has had a panic attack or has only had a very mild one, some of the symptoms can be very scary. I mean, even when I know that I'm having a panic attack, the symptoms still freak me out. So how do you know when you are having one?

First you need to know what some typical signs and symptoms are for a panic attack. Knowing these not only can tell you if you may be experiencing a panic attack, but it helps you to recognize the signs early so you can start implementing some strategies quickly. 
Here are some different symptoms you might experience: ·Tunnel vision·Dizziness or lightheadedness·Fight or flight·Fear of losing control·Racing heartbeat·Flushes or chills·Sweating·Tingling in the extremities·Twitching or trembling muscles·Feeling like you aren’t real·Flushed face·Fear of dying

The ones in bold are what…

Blueberry Pie, Oh My!

Blueberry Pie with Almond Flour Crust
So my family has blueberry bushes and this time of year is pickin' time! My aunt gave me a huge bag of blueberries she picked the other day and I wanted to make something delicious but not as bad for you as a regular blueberry pie. So I used less sugar in the filling and made an almond flour crust. It turned out better than I expected and my 7 year old loved it, so I say it was a success!
First I grabbed my blueberries and got them all washed off then put them in a pot along with my sugar, honey, salt, juice from half the orange, and a couple pinches of orange zest.

Stir it all together and bring to a boil. Once the blueberries start to release some of the juices start to stir until it starts to thicken. You want to be able to scrape your spoon along the bottom of the pot and it slowly come back to together.
When you can do this, take it off the stove and let it cool. 
While it cools you can make your almond flour crust. I got the crust recipe…

Family Fun and Reducing Stress!

Well school is finally out for the summer and now comes the hard part of keeping my son entertained. Luckily, he and I have similar interests, like painting, crafts, cooking and making things such as bath bombs!
I thought we would start off this first weekend of summer with some artwork. This really helps to relax me and calm my nerves, plus it's a great time for Gavin and I to bond and have fun. I've been wanting to do something kind of like a collage, so we did that and made a sunflower!
Here is the supplies we used:
Magazines, scissors, 11" x 14" canvas, and Mod Podge
 We started out by cutting small pieces of similar colors out of magazines. 

Once we get a few good piles, we started gluing the sky I sponged on a decent amount of Mod Podge on the canvas then started sticking pieces of magazine on there. Every once in a while I would go over the top of the glued on pieces just to secure them down.
After I got a decent amount of the canvas covered in blue, I started on the…

Ah Anxiety!

Anxiety is a weird thing. It is not one size fits all and everyone experiences symptoms from anxiety differently. I for one "flip my lid" as my therapist says, when I get to worked up. For me, I start to panic and my mind starts racing and going to the worst scenarios. Once I get to the point of almost hyperventilating and crying, then that's it, my lid has flipped and it takes a bit to calm myself back down. Luckily, going to therapy for my anxiety has taught me some great techniques to utilize before I get to the point of no return. I just want to share a few of my favorite techniques for when my anxiety gets the best of me.

When I start to feel nervous I try and concentrate on my breathing. I count to five in my head as I inhale and do the same as I exhale. Doing this helps to slow my heart rate a bit and makes me breath (obviously).I give myself affirmation by telling myself "you're ok, you're ok, just breath." Doing this helps me to think about what…