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: 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

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

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

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Busyness and Overwhelm

I'm at the point in the semester where every week is a busy week. It's not a question of if it will be busy, but how busy it will be. It's the point in the semester when everything is due. Absolutely everything: tests, projects, papers, assignments, etc. Did I mention that I hate busyness? Last… Continue reading Busyness and Overwhelm

Self-Care

On Taking Care of Others

Taking care of others is important. If we ignore the needs of others, we turn into self-absorbed narcissists. But what if you're the exact opposite? What if you give and give, to the point of compromising your physical and mental health? Unfortunately, this sometimes the case for people who have anxiety disorders. Most people with… Continue reading On Taking Care of Others

Struggle

How to Cope with a Tragedy When You Have Anxiety

By now, I'm sure you've seen the news about the school shooting in Florida. I wish I knew what to say to take away the pain and heartbreak that so many are feeling today. My heart breaks for each and every one of them. Tragedies are difficult to cope with if you don't have mental… Continue reading How to Cope with a Tragedy When You Have Anxiety

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Count Your Accomplishments

The other day, I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff I still had to do: academic responsibilities, finding a summer job/internship, and finding a roommate for next year. Not only that, I also need to make sure I take care of myself so I don't get sick, and I can keep my anxiety… Continue reading Count Your Accomplishments