Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Writing

Welcome back to my third installment in my "How I Cope" series. Last week, I talked about how reading improves my anxiety disorder. The week before that, I talked about how exercise improves my anxiety disorder. This week, we're going to talk about one of my absolute favorite ways of coping with anxiety: writing. It… Continue reading How I Cope: Writing

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Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Reading

Welcome back for my second post in my "How I Cope" series! Last week, I talked about how exercise improves my anxiety disorder. This week, I'll be talking about the affect reading has on my anxiety disorder. In grade school, I was always the quiet girl. Academically, I was successful. Socially, however, I struggled. Not… Continue reading How I Cope: Reading

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Exercise

Hey everyone! Today, we kick off the first day of my new series: How I Cope. In this series, we will be talking about how I cope with my anxiety. I'll discuss how I came across each of my coping mechanisms, what effect they have on me, and how to incorporate each of them into… Continue reading How I Cope: Exercise

Coping, Self-Care

New Series: How I Cope

When you're first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you're filled with a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions people often have is "how do I cope?" It's a fair question, given that people with anxiety disorders suffer from intense anxiety and stress, especially when they're first diagnosed. When I was first diagnosed with… Continue reading New Series: How I Cope

Injustice, Stigma

Immigration, Children, and Trauma

***Trigger Warning*** (Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Trauma. One little word can have so much of an impact on a person's life. One little word can change your life forever. I've been thinking about trauma lately, especially with the news of the family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.  I've been heartbroken, disgusted, and outraged. More than… Continue reading Immigration, Children, and Trauma

Stigma, Struggle

Stigma and Mental Health

***Trigger Warning*** (Suicide) Last week was a rough week for many who have mental health issues. There were not one, but two celebrity suicides this past week: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It's opened up a much-needed conversation about mental health issues and the stigma around them. Because of this, I wanted to take the… Continue reading Stigma and Mental Health

Work

Internships and Anxiety Disorders

Hey guys, I'm so sorry I haven't been able to post anything for over two weeks. Last week was absolutely crazy. I started a new internship at a local nonprofit at the beginning of the week, and my brother graduated from high school at the end of the week. Not only that, I still had… Continue reading Internships and Anxiety Disorders

Encouragement, Validation

Fighting Back

Sometimes, dealing with anxiety disorders is an absolute pain. Depending on the severity and nature of your disorder, your anxiety can be so powerful and overwhelming that it makes you want to disappear. Maybe you have social anxiety and you perceive that people are judging you. Maybe you have PTSD and something triggered a flashback.… Continue reading Fighting Back

Self-Care, Summer Fun

Free Time

So, it's been a while since I've been able to post a regular blog post. I haven't forgotten about my blog, or any of you lovely readers. The last three weeks of the semester were insanely busy. I had to finish up several lengthy papers and complete various homework assignments, and then I had to… Continue reading Free Time