Category: Depression and Anxiety

Channeling My Inner Icelander: Longings

I spent another day yesterday riding the sugar roller coaster. “Just stop eating it,” you say. “It’s bad for me,” I say. “It’s poison,” say the books that proclaim sugar as the downfall of our health as a country. “It’s an addiction,” say the…

Whatever Happened to Kindness?

The other morning I got up to do yoga. My yoga space has a small window that looks out into the street. It’s on the third floor, so I get a bird’s eye view of the area. I was standing in Tadasana, and I…

The Raw, Frozen Shelf of Sadness

I had lunch with a friend today. We both admitted we were feeling an undercurrent of sadness. My underlying low energy keeps me on the verge of bursting into tears. But, then I exercise or go for a walk or go to bed, and…

Making a Path Through the Snow

I’ve been enjoying the snow. I even enjoyed shoveling it. After all, it is exercise. Most of my activities don’t require upper body strength, so this is one of the few great ways to get an upper body workout while I’m NOT focusing on…

Fill Your Fillings, Gurl!

  One of my friends in Memphis used to say “fill your fillings, gurl!”. I always giggled but usually I was so sad when she said it that it was hard to laugh too hard. Every time I get down in the dumps I…

Learning from Dr. Joan: Changing the Brain

I had the great opportunity today to participate in a workshop with Joan Borysenko. I bought her book Minding the Body, Mending the Mind many years ago, but never completed reading it. I was at The Red Shoes in December, and they had a…

Emotional First Aid

My friend and fellow blogger, Tara Mae, shared this Ted Talk on her blog the other day. Dr. Winch makes the point that we value the health of the body much more than we value the health of the mind. I see it when…

It’s All Lavender… I Just Wish There Was More of It

I’m up at 3 this morning. It wasn’t the first time I woke up either. It’s been like this all week. I’ve been in an emotional funk due to a lot of things. I hate these times. I hate it when things are unsettled….

Girl Talk: The Beautiful Sunny Face of Depression

In December of last year, one of my best friends committed suicide. I cringe even as I type these words because I can’t believe it’s true. She used to cross my mind from time to time, and I’d always think of her, alive and…

Living: Doing the Next Right Thing

I texted my friend Jessica Tuesday morning at 7:18 AM… Me: I’m really struggling this morning. Tired of the cooking, the working out, the running, the matcha – I want my f**king espresso! Jessica: It makes you so cranky! No working out today! Just…

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