Harry Potter Can Help You With Your Anxiety

Anxiety. You know how it feels. We all feel it sometimes. But what about when our anxiety comes in waves? Confining you. Crushing you. Choking your confidence. Normal things felt overwhelming. My confidence left me. I didn’t want to go outside. I felt like there was a war going on inside of my mind. And I … More Harry Potter Can Help You With Your Anxiety

A Toolbox for Coping with Anxiety

Guest post by Christine Hill Do you ever find a certain worry dogging your thoughts? Do you blow problems out of proportion, envisioning the worst-case scenario again and again? Are you often restless, unable to focus, with shaky hands and your stomach twisting into knots? Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenges in the … More A Toolbox for Coping with Anxiety

Anxiety or Addiction: Whatever Scares You is Your Friend

Your addiction has a dream for your life. So does your anxiety. And your depression. And also your memories… and yes, your shame has a vision for you too. • • • If you are reading this blog, you or someone you care about may live with one or more of these experiences: addiction or … More Anxiety or Addiction: Whatever Scares You is Your Friend

4 Practices that Will Unhook You From the Anxiety Trap

Are you comfortable in your own skin or do you feel more like a circus monkey? _____ Guest Post by Ryan Hall “I’m the dude, playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude!” – Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) – Tropic Thunder (I mean, did I even have to identify THAT movie?) I’m tired. Physically, mentally, … More 4 Practices that Will Unhook You From the Anxiety Trap

Breathe into the Bag: Gender and the Anxiety Gap

Why are men so silent about our anxiety? ___ “Gripped. Heart rushing, mind racing. Breathing. Breathing. Breathing. Mind is like a crashing elephant and nothing makes sense. I’m having a panic attack.” I had my first panic attack while driving my son to get a haircut. In that season of my life, the anxiety was … More Breathe into the Bag: Gender and the Anxiety Gap

Do Men and Women Feel Anxiety Differently?

  Please let me know what you think about how the genders experience anxiety differently. ___ I looked into his eyes as he asked me about 67 questions about what would happen on his first day of school. My son was anxious and when he gets anxious, he asks A LOT of questions. Watching him … More Do Men and Women Feel Anxiety Differently?

13 Ways that Anxiety is Your Superpower

Anxiety is a secret weapon giving you powers that most mortals could only dream of. Read on anxious warrior, you have earned a place in our clan. ___ If it were not for anxiety, we would all sit around unmotivated and satisfied with ourselves in our caves. Because of anxiety, we have shopping malls and … More 13 Ways that Anxiety is Your Superpower

Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Be An Illness!

What I learned from attending the Bell Let’s Talk Hope Conference in January I haven’t written for a while in this space. Over the last number of months, I have taken some time to step back from writing because it became too much. I was attempting to write a new post every day, and my … More Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Be An Illness!

Tragedy and Recovery

Taking a moment to stop will not stop our mind… but that’s not the point ___ This morning I participated in an early morning Zoom meeting. While we were on the call, someone on told us about the shooting in New Zealand . I am not one to post reactionary posts about the latest world … More Tragedy and Recovery

Harry Potter Week: The Sorting Hat and the Search for Hope

Today’s installment of the Harry Potter Week is a quote by none other than the Sorting Hat. If you are not familiar, the Sorting Hat is a magical hat that helps decide which group students will enter. Students live at Hogwarts during the school year and they are divided into four ‘houses’ (or groups). Each … More Harry Potter Week: The Sorting Hat and the Search for Hope