Category: Self-Help

Zoom Anxiety v. Social Connection: How Video Calls Are Triggering My Anxiety Disorder

I was participating on a virtual happy hour with some friends when I felt an anxiety attack sneak up on me. One minute I was nodding along and smiling at something a friend was saying, the next minute I felt a heavy weight on my chest. My heart was racing. My breathing became labored and shallow. Sweat dripped down my…

Yoga: Your Secret Weapon for Managing Menopause

Hot flashes? Mood swings? Insomnia? Dry itchy skin? Anxiety? Menopause is no joke, but you’ve got options.  Check out my guest post on the Unfold blog to learn more about how yoga can help you navigate the long transition into menopause. You can read it by clicking here. If you’re in the Portland area and want to learn more, sign up for…

Feeling SAD This Fall? Strategies for Fighting Seasonal Depression

It was raining this morning when I woke up. “Oh god, it’s starting,” I groaned to myself, instantly feeling depressed. I live in the Pacific Northwest.  It essentially rains every day from mid-September through mid-June, sometimes into July. Sometimes we will go a week or longer without a single glimpse of the sun.  It gets so bad that when we…

Am I Hearing Things?

I was sitting in my office and suddenly I heard some kind of musical interlude.   “I must be hearing things,” I thought to myself. Then, as I always do when I think something weird might be happening in my head, I smiled and touched my face to make sure I wasn’t having a stroke.  Nope, both sides of my…

Hobbies and Distractions

Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been posting less frequently lately that I have in the past.  Am I out of ideas? Have I lost my love of googling answers to weird questions that plague me, then sharing the answers with you?  No, not at all. The truth is, I’ve been a bit distracted the last few months. I…

Sentimentality is Relative

Last weekend I was going through some stuff in my basement.  My basement is the final frontier for the decluttering kick I’ve been on the last few months.  I saved it for last because it’s the most complicated, and emotionally fraught. The basement is essentially four rooms: two where my sister lives and two that contain the washer, dryer, furnace,…