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Living with Anxiety

If you’re a human, you’ve undoubtedly experienced anxiety at some point in your life. Anxiety is part of the full range of our emotional experience, and we need it to survive. Though different people experience it to varying degrees of intensity or frequency, no one actually likes the experience of anxiety. Anxiety is by its very nature uncomfortable; we feel keyed-up or on edge, our heart races, our stomach drops, and our thoughts generally race with catastrophic, doomsday scenarios. Chronic anxiety sufferers may suffer panic symptoms, insomnia, and unintended weight loss due to their brains being “stuck” in survival mode. In this blog post, I’ll discuss how to identify helpful vs. unhelpful anxiety, and teach you a mindfulness technique to cope with the unhelpful kind in a more skillful and paradoxically effective way.   As mentioned above, sometimes anxiety can be helpful, signaling us that there’s some meaningful action we need to...

Unraveling the Mind: Intrusive Thoughts, Rumination, and Obsessions

Have you ever found your mind wandering into a maze of thoughts, unable to escape its grasp? Let's dive into the world of rumination, obsessive thoughts, and those pesky, uninvited guests - intrusive thoughts. We'll unravel what these terms really mean, and how they're all interconnected.   Intrusive Thoughts: Imagine standing on a cliff, and suddenly your brain whispers, "What if you jump?" Intrusive thoughts are like the uninvited weirdos at the mental party. They're bizarre, inappropriate, and downright scary thoughts that pop into your head out of nowhere. The kicker is, you can't control them. They're like a jack-in-the-box of the mind, waiting to surprise you. But here's the thing: intrusive thoughts are normal. Yep, you heard me right. They're a common quirk of our brains.   Rumination: Rumination is the act of overthinking and going over and over a particular thought or situation, often with a negative twist. It's that replay button...