Almost all of my patients who deal with anxiety come in asking about weird and scary bodily sensations. I tell all of them the same thing: An anxious body glitches, just like a machine. The more stress you put on the system, the harder it has to work. As a result, you get glitches. There are a few strategies you can implement immediately to feel better.…read more
Anxiety. Depression. Chronic Illness. Grief. Each of these is its own world. What they have in common is that they can make you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. Things might get so bad that curling up in a ball and staying in bed seem like the best option. Sometimes, it’s all you are physically and mentally capable of doing. Very quickly, days turn into weeks. More time passes. Eventually, people stop being nice and understanding. It’s not fair. You didn’t ask for this.
I love plans. Long term, five and ten-year, plans are my favorite because I feel such a sense of control when I have them. I’m wired to love finding answers (which is why I love research) and knowing how things work out (which is why I love spoilers). That’s why I freak out when life takes an unexpected turn. I don’t think I know anyone who thinks “something completely unexpected and weird is happening and I don’t know what to do. This is awesome!” Usually, our anxiety goes through the roof. Curve balls are unavoidable, but you can choose how you manage the hand you’ve been dealt.
Taking Your Anxiety on Vacation
Last week’s post was about helping you make the most of summer given who you are and your circumstances. As promised, part 2 of this post is about going away on trips and vacations when you are chronically anxious.
3 KEY Steps for Surviving Summer
Yay! It’s summer! Nice weather, more time off, longer days, and lots of stuff to do outdoors. So, why are so many people more anxious now than they were a few months ago? As odd as this sounds, summertime can actually make your anxiety worse. In this two part post, I’ll give you three key steps for surviving summer at home and for going on vacation if you and/or a family member are dealing with anxiety.
Now that spring is here, you’re probably feeling more energy after an endless winter. You’re looking at the setbacks you’ve had over the past few months. Things haven’t felt right for a while. It’s as if you’ve been pushing a boulder uphill every day for months. You’re looking toward spring and summer with some sense of hope that sun and more daylight will help you reset and recharge.
I was recently reminded that taking care of yourself really does matter. Now, since it’s me, the reminder had to come in the form of a slap in the face from the universe…I managed to dye my hair orange.
Have you ever been in a situation where someone gave you a set of instructions and then, about 5 minutes later, you stood there thinking “I have no idea what they said, what they want, or how I’m going to pull this off…?”
Have you ever been in a situation that felt completely out of your league and wondered “how am I going to pull this off? What am I going to do?” I ask myself these questions all of the time, both personally and professionally.
By Ronit Levy, Psy.D.
Findings are mixed as to exactly what causes OCD, but it is believed that it is some combination of three key factors: psychological (how we think and respond), biological (genetics and how our brains are wired), and environmental (life events and what matters to us). OCD symptoms are made up of two parts: