I don't know if it is from my deeply empathic nature that I have a tendency to declare bullshit more often or if it is just the fact that I have very little patience for impolite people but one thing that drives me crazy is when a person has to make everyone aware that they know something about everything. It doesn't matter what the situation, this person has advice or a story that fits. There are very few things in life that drain my soul more than dealing with a know-it-all. We all have a need to connect. With this...
At this moment I am more concerned about the actions and behaviors of society than I am about the virus. I know that seems like a strong statement but the residual effect that these behaviors could have on all of us will last much longer than the virus itself. Our attitudes, views, insecurities, biases, prejudices, etc. are exaggerated in times like these. I believe that we give ourselves permission to break some of the social etiquettes that we may normally have. Whether you are one who believes in political correctness or one that believes people are too sensitive about...
In these times of uncertainty, I am seeing something that is not at all surprising. People are taking this opportunity to judge others and spew all kinds of negativity and nonsense. Everyone has their thoughts and doesn't mind sharing them openly and not allowing others to even get a word in edgewise. Not that this behavior didn't exist before, but it seems exaggerated in times like these. Here are a few things that I have noticed that may be contributing to the negativity. People mainly getting their news from Facebook and other social media. I can't believe that this could be the...
I have found that one thing that can send my anxiety through the roof is a lack of a feeling of control. I'm not saying that I ever am in control but the minute that I feel that loss of control things start spiraling downward. I often can't function at full capacity and my productivity plummets. It is a perception of control that is needed. I tend to put myself in positions where I damage the ability to maintain that perception. A few examples of this lack of control presents itself most often at work. I am scheduled to be...
Social media has a huge place in most of our lives. It is how we stay connected to the world around us. It is how we keep in touch with family and friends. It is also how we run into some unfortunate habits. We have a tendency to compare ourselves to the best version of those on our friend's list. We try to live up to unrealistic expectations and somehow feel that we are "behind" or "less-than" those around us. It can also send some of us into complete frustration when what comes across our newsfeed isn't what we...
Every morning that I am home, I turn on the local news and then shift over to the national morning shows. I feel that it helps me to be current on the latest news and feel like I know a little about what is going on in the world around me. The issue with this is that frequently during these programs I am filled with emotions that are detrimental to my anxiety. It fills me with emotions like sorrow, anger, frustration, some happiness, occasional indifference, and fear. These emotions make me wonder if the benefit of being up to...
Waking up this morning I felt compelled to start being a little more aware of how much power we have over the happiness, attitude, and mental health of those around us. We have the ability to change someone's day for the better or for the worse with one action, one word, one look. It is so easy to get frustrated and caught up in our own struggles that sometimes, I admit, it is difficult to expend the energy needed to brighten someone else's day. When we think of helping others we are often told that we need to take care...
I wanted to share a story of something that happened while I was working last night. I thought that I was going to have a completely different story to tell but that is why this post is important. It is all about making snap judgments and completely misunderstanding the situation. I was stocking pet food yesterday evening and there was a gentleman in the aisle with his son wandering the aisle while talking on the phone. I am used to working around customers while completing my job so that was no issue at all, of course. The cart took around...
Ok, so the title may be a little misleading! I'm not saying "I'm losing it" as a statement of what is occurring now. I can see how that could be mistaken as this blog is all about my Anxiety Driven Life. No, I am making a declaration. "I'm losing it!" Meaning that I am on a quest to lose the extra weight that I have gathered throughout my 41 years. Well, let's be honest I have really only started picking up this weight the past 15 years or so but I am making up for lost time. This post is...
Every day we get the opportunity to readjust our priorities. It may be difficult to change our habits for this adjustment but it is possible. What I started doing a few days ago is to really think about what is taking priority throughout the day and match that up with what I believe to be my true priorities. Living with anxiety makes setting priorities, and more importantly keeping priorities in line, very difficult. At any time my brain could reshift and I could find myself completely off track. Most often I will have something important to do and get anxious...