Social Anxiety and Meeting People- Oh the Stress!

Many people feel uncomfortable when they are meeting new people for the first time. Fear of saying the wrong thing and not being liked, looking weird or dumb, fear of not “fitting in”. Some people just may notice it briefly and then begin conversations in a seemingly effortless way. It looks so natural and easy for them, and they look...[ read more ]

Avoiding Exposures in Anxiety

You may have learned that doing things, exposing yourself to feared stimuli, talking to THAT person, doing THAT thing, will help decrease your anxiety symptoms.  But you feel like you just can’t do it…do the behaviors to help free you from the cycle.  It’s just hard.  Especially time and time again. What do I mean by exposures? Facing the fear....[ read more ]

Wishing Anxiety Would Just Stop Already

My stomach is burning with nausea.  Nothing sounds good to eat and my usual love, coffee, just aggravates the constant stomach pain.  I’m tired and slow, given many days of sleep disruption, and feel like I’m going through the motions like a robot for most of my day.  I don’t have a lot to contribute to conversations, since the effort...[ read more ]

Anxiety Fun Fact: Your Thoughts Aren’t Always True

This is a take-away concept from many anxiety specialists, and from professional and personal experience, it is a game-changer.  The issue arises with believing the idea that all of our thoughts are real and truthful when, actually, they are not. It makes sense when you look at the brain and the way it has developed over time. As a human...[ read more ]

Avoidance and Checking Behaviors in Anxiety

Those of us who run anxious can tell you point blank common bodily sensations experienced (rapid heartbeat, restlessness, difficulty sitting still), thoughts (worry, recurrent thoughts of doom, difficulty concentrating or focusing on a task) but may be hesitant to talk about the frequency of avoidance and/or checking behaviors that go along with the territory. What are avoidance and checking behaviors?...[ read more ]

Stress, Anxiety and Grief when Changing Jobs

Nothing like a job change to bring on stress, anxiety and grief.  Whether it was your choice or a decision by management to “go in a different direction,” a flood of thoughts and emotions go through your head.  If it was you who quit, you may feel the rushed responsibility to complete work so that the ball doesn’t get dropped...[ read more ]

 Health Anxiety- Googling Down the Rabbit Hole

Worry comes in all shapes and sizes and from different sources, but a common one is worry over one’s health symptoms.  Recently fueled by Covid-19, there is a great deal of awareness on physical conditions and now you find yourself conducting internet searches on symptoms. What you may find can turn out to be quite alarming and ignite anxiety. Let’s...[ read more ]

Driving Anxiety or Driving Phobia
Driving with Decreased Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety when driving is a common experience with those who worry or stress, and can be especially evident after a car accident.  Something scary happened to you or a loved one while on the road and you are now stressed about driving or being a passenger when others drive.  You get in the car, and then you start feeling it....[ read more ]

Depersonalization and Derealization in Anxiety and Panic- Feeling like You’re not Real

Those people who have never experienced this super unsettling, confusing, and frightening feeling may think it’s really cool or interesting.  But when you look at your hand and it looks like it’s moving under water, or like it’s a video game version of your hand, well that’s terrifying.  You start to question all of your reality, like what’s real and...[ read more ]

Panic Attacks:  Bottom Line- You are OK

They often feel like they come out of nowhere.  Your body responds in ways that if you didn’t know, you would think you are having a heart attack.  It is why you may go to the ER- can’t breathe, are nauseated, have increased heart rate, sweat, have feelings of absolute dread and impending doom, feel like things aren’t real or...[ read more ]

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