Flying isn’t easy, especially when you’re traveling alone and suffer from anxiety. In this post, I give you my advice for how to have a pleasant experience flying alone and tips on how to make the most out of it.Read More
Facing the Fear Series, the beginning of a long journey towards overcoming the fear of public speaking. This is my number one fear.Read More
In this post, I'll tell you about my history with anti-depressants and whether I think it's helped or hindered my progress.Read More
To continue with my post series on Facing the Fear—of Panic Attacks, I delve into my experience with graduation ceremonies. This has been a rollercoaster experience for me and I hope it inspires you to take action against your own fears.Read More
Hey, it's been awhile since I posted so I decided to do something a bit fun, unrelated to fitness or mental health. It's almost December, the sun sets in Edinburgh at 3:45 PM (I'm not kidding), and it's effin' freezing outside. Here's how I handle the cold weather in Scotland and in Connecticut. (For some reason, there's a slight JK Rowling theme here.)Read More
It's just as important to keep your mental health in check as it is to keep your physical health in check. If you aren't taking care of your mind, you could very well end up with a sniff neck, like yours truly.Read More
Does the idea of saying "Thank you" to yourself sound weird? A little bit, right?Read More
Facing the Fear Series, when I was 19 and asked a stranger beside me to help me.Read More
During my first-ever conference in Chicago, Illinois, I ended up learning things about myself that I never expected.Read More
I haven't posted about anxiety in awhile. I think it's just because I've been doing well, so it's not really crossed my mind as much. Instead of overthinking things daily or bi-daily (if that's a word), it only happens when I'm doing something completely new.Read More
I train to grow my discipline, patience, and self-confidence. Here's how training taught me each of these values and how I've implemented them into other parts of my life (and how you can too).Read More
What I learn as I get older.Read More
"Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." - Hamlet, ShakespeareRead More
How to feel safe in Edinburgh when walking home alone at night, and other things.Read More
Follow these tips to make your gym experience natural and comfortable. Then, who knows, the gym might end up being your home away from home.Read More
The idea of being calm makes me uncomfortable; it's unnatural. It's like I don't feel human if I'm not worried or panicked about something.
Just relax, they tell me.
But what about this, I say, but what about that? What about...Read More
Before I started seeing a CBT therapist, I had a tendency to have really bad days and really good days.
On really bad days, I'd feel entirely hopeless and shut myself off from the world. On really good days, I'd believe that I'd never have a bad day ever again. The problem was, I did have really bad days afterwards and they hit harder because I did nothing to prevent them. I'd have a good day and forget I was ever sad.
Just like fitness, you have to keep working at it.Read More
If you take just one thing away from my rant, let it be this: Talk to girls and boys about sexuality. Not just theirs, but of the opposite sex, too. If you have a daughter, son, or a younger sister or brother, don't just sit them down one time to tell them what a condom is. Open up a dialogue that can be returned to at any time about sexuality and sexual health.Read More
CBT teaches us the idea that anxiety occurs through an event or trigger which leads to a belief which then causes consequence(s). We do not have control over events or triggers, but what we do with such is very important.
Through CBT, I've learned about the different kind of beliefs—healthy and unhealthy and I am working on turning my unhealthy beliefs into healthy ones.Read More