• Midlife Women,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    7 Things I Learned in Dealing with My Anxiety

    How are you feeling these days? Lethargic? Unable to focus? Anxious? Depressed? Or pretty well considering….? I’ve gone through roller-coaster days of “general, nonspecific grief” over the loss of so much I had taken for granted. Now I’m struggling with anxiety, including clenched teeth, middle of the night “busy brain”, over-eating, and oh-those-so-snarky comments. I’ve managed my anxiety over the years with meditation, journaling, and regular exercise, which all help. But….the pandemic-related issues, social unrest, concern for my family, California wildfires and poor air quality have overwhelmed me.  I know I’m not alone. All my usual anxiety-reducing good habits just weren’t working.  So…. I dug deeper to explore, learn and…

  • #microblogMonday,  Self-Care

    Microblog Monday #14 High Anxiety

    My anxiety was high last week. Once again, I learned gratitude, kindness, humor and good  conversation help calm me. Gratitude for all those I love and all that I have. Kindness towards others, and especially towards myself right now.  Laughing at some great classic comedies and outstanding comedy specials (pre-Covid especially) lightened my spirit.  (There is scientific proof that laughter boosts the immune system and can help reduce anxiety or depression.)  I reached out to several friends and enjoyed wonderful conversations and felt more connected and less isolated.  These aren’t cures, but they helped reduce my anxiety. Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are affecting millions every day.  Don’t…